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February 27, 2013

CLASS 4A BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL: Redskin rally

Goshen to semis with comeback win over Memorial

ELKHART — The most important seconds of the fourth period for Sam Stegelmann were the few he was on the bench.

That’s a strange place to have your leading scorer in a close game, but Goshen High School boys basketball coach Brian Bechtel credited assistant Michael Wolford for making the call.

Wolford’s brief conversation with the GHS senior turned Stegelmann from a scorer into a distributor with three key assists in the closing minutes as the Redskins posted a 44-42 win over the Elkhart Memorial Crimson Chargers in the second game Tuesday night of the Class 4A sectional at North Side Gym in Elkhart.

“When I first say Sam coming to the bench I wondered about it,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said. “But Sam was trying to do too much. So we pulled him out for one possession and talked to him.

“Michael (Wolford) is in charge of substitutions. He knows what our rotations are, when players need a breather and what players have minutes.”

The third of Stegelmann’s fourth-quarter assists was on the game-winning basket when he spotted junior Deric Haynes alone underneath the basket with :15 left to play.

“I had a talk with Wolford on the bench,” Stegelmann said. “He told me there were other things I could be doing to win the game other than scoring. The passes were open. I didn’t think about making the passes I just made them. I try not to think too much on the court.”

In the evening’s first game, senior Jared Bloom netted 11 of his 17 points in the fourth period and the overtimes as the Warsaw Tigers nipped the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers 45-44 in double overtime.

In the semifinals on Friday, the Concord Minutemen (19-1) meet the Tigers (11-10) in the 6 p.m. opener followed by Northridge (9-11) and Goshen (13-7) around 7:30.

“We told the guys after the game there are always nerves and anxieties to overcome in the first sectional game,” Bechtel said. “After awhile we settled down on offense.”

Memorial still had a chance at the end, but a shot by senior Markese McGuire was off the mark. Memorial coach Mark Barnhizer elected not to use a time out, choosing instead to let his players set up the final play on the floor.

“We got the shot we wanted from our best player. It just didn’t go in,” the coach said.

The Redskins were 2-of-2 from the free-throw line in the fourth period and 7-of-9 for the game. Memorial missed both of its opportunities from the charity stripe in the final quarter and were 6-of-10 in the contest.

“This game was won at the line,” Barnhizer said. “Goshen made free throws in the fourth and we didn’t.”

Stegelmann topped the Redskins with 17 points and also dished out four assists.

He found classmate Austin Henke in the corner for a 3-pointer at 4:11 of the fourth that pulled the Redskins to within one point at 38-37. Next Stegelmann found Haynes in the corner for a ‘3’ at 3:08 that gave the Redskins a 40-38 lead.

“We let Stegelmann go left and that was not what we wanted,” Barnhizer said. “You have to force him to the right. He went left and found the open players and they knocked down the shots. I have seen him do it before.”

The game was close the entire way. Goshen took a 12-11 lead at the end of the opening period when senior Jesse Good made a ‘3.’ The Redskins were up 23-22 at halftime and trailed the Crimson Chargers 35-32 after three periods as McGuire netted nine points in the stanza.

McGuire finished with a game-high 25 points.

Haynes tossed in nine points for the Redskins.

“We like to have (sophomore) Austin Woolett in the lineup for his rebounding and physical play, but when we put Haynes in we told him he had to rebound,” Bechtel said.

Good added seven points and Henke six for the Redskins. Freshman point guard Brady Bechtel dished out five assists.

Goshen had 16 turnovers in the contest.

“Our guys had way too many turnovers in the fourth period,” Bechtel said. “Memorial is athletic and quick. They caused us problems just like they have been causing problems for other teams.”

Memorial ends the season 8-13.

Central opened a big lead early in the first period before Warsaw came back to trail 12-8 at the first stop. The Blue Blazers went on to lead 25-21 at halftime and 35-32 after three quarters.

The game was tied 42-42 at the end of regulation and after the first extra session. Senior John Stahl scored first for Central in the second overtime and sophomore Rashaan Jackson added a basket for the Tigers.

Bloom canned a free throw for the winning point.

Bloom netted 17 points and Jackson 15 to lead the Tigers.

Senior Blake Brouwer tossed in 15 points and classmate Terell Street 10 for the Blazers (6-15).

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