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February 23, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Redskins short-circuit Chargers

GOSHEN — Brian Bechtel didn’t say much at halftime Friday night. Yet, his Goshen Redskins clearly got the message.

Goshen, trailing a shorthanded West Noble club 20-19 at intermission, erupted for a 27-2 command of the third quarter and went on to finish off a 64-32 blitz of the Chargers.

Redskin 6-5 senior Sam Stegelmann, who led all players in the game with 20 points, said, “We realized how poorly we played in the first half. We just needed to turn things around and make this a staple for ‘Senior Night’.”

Jesse Good, Austin Henke and Cristian Barron were other senior players honored before the tipoff, along with their parents and members of the cheerleading squad.

Good had nine points, 10 assists and seven rebounds; Henke five points and four rebounds. Barron also had an assist and contributed with some hustle plays on defense.

West Noble, already minus 6-3 junior sharpshooter Drew Schermerhorn due to a broken ankle, was without three more players in this regular season finale for disciplinary reasons.

“This is more than about the game of basketball,” said Charger coach Jim Best. “There are lessons to be learned here to help these young men later in life.”

Despite those absences, the Chargers hustled their way to a halftime lead with 5-7 senior Nick Thomas, 6-6 junior Phil Miller and 6-2 senior Armando Rosales leading the way.

Goshen, 13-7, meets Memorial at about 7:45 Tuesday night in the second game of a Class 4A sectional at North Side Gym in Elkhart.

“That was probably the shortest halftime speech I have ever given,” said Bechtel. “We didn’t yell or throw things. We just explained to the kids that West Noble outhustled us for every loose ball and rebound. We were actually overaggressive and gambling too much.

“We knew they had four of their top six players out and tried to win the game on one possession. There’s no such thing as a 20-point play. They are well coached and still have three regulars in there.”

Goshen hit its first eight shots of the third period. Stegelmann scored eight points in the quarter, freshman point guard Brady Bechtel seven and 6-5 sophomore Austin Woolett six.

That surge allowed Coach Bechtel to clear his bench in the fourth quarter, bring each senior out on his own to get warm applause from the home crowd.

“Our student section was fantastic,” said Stegelmann. “Now we can look ahead to the sectional. We are looking forward to getting another shot at Memorial.”

Coach Bechtel said, “Our defense was more in tune the second half. We were more solid in front of our opponents, got some turnovers and transition points.”

Best commented, “Goshen can be a fantastic team at times. They executed in the second half and we didn’t handle the ball as well. Still, I’m proud of our kids who stepped into starting roles. They didn’t back down from the challenge.”

West Noble battles NorthWood at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of a Class 3A sectional at Wawasee.

Goshen’s junior varsity finished with a 13-7 mark, topping the Chargers 67-24. Cam Kline tallied 13 points, Alex Haney 12 and Oliver Nafziger 11 for the Skins.

Redskin Notes

At 13-7, this is Goshen’s best regular season since a 14-6 mark in 2002-03 when Indiana All-Star Andrew Hershberger was leading the Redskins.....Coach Bechtel now has 129 victories at GHS, trailing only Mike Sorrell with 189 and Art Cosgrove 183.....Goshen was 7-3 on the home floor this season and the Redskins are 349-220 in 53 seasons at the facility which opened with a win over arch rival Elkhart in January of 1961.....Brady Bechtel has now scored 141 points, fourth highest by a freshman on the varsity in GHS history. Lloyd “Bunk” Williams tallied 272 in 1926, Andrew Hershberger 150 in 2000 and Mark Severn 148 in 1978.....When the Redskins had 12 players score in a win over Wawasee, it’s the first time that has happened in at least 57 years.....Redskin “Super Fan” Kirby Eysol completed his 32nd straight season of not missing a GHS boys basketball home game.....Goshen will be appearing in a sectional at North Side Gym for the 53rd time next week. Redskin teams cut the nets in 1963 and 1969.

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