WALKERTON — The physical style of play by the John Glenn Falcons was too much for Goshen to overcome and the Redskins dropped a 56-41 high school boys basketball decision Saturday night on the road.
“Glenn’s physical play bothered us. We knew they would play us like that and we didn’t handle it,” Goshen coach Brian Becthel said. “We didn’t handle the pressure on the inside or outside. We couldn’t establish anything on the inside to set us up on the outside. Glenn did a nice job on defense.”
The Falcons came out in a 2-3 zone and the Redskins opened an 11-2 lead by 2:06 of the first period.
“We started in the zone because that’s what we saw Mishawaka Marian play against Goshen on Tuesday,” Glenn coach Travis Hannah said. “We felt comfortable in the zone. We wanted to give our kids a chance to get their feet wet. Three weeks ago our kids were still playing football.
“Early in the season you have to defend and rebound, because the offense is going to be behind.”
Glenn’s physical style of play was evident in the number of times a Falcon player went to the basketball and despite contact by a Goshen defender got the shot off. Several times they made the basket and went to the free-throw line.
“We brought a guy (Geoff Jankowski) in to work with the kids in the weight room,” Hannah said. “The kids gravitate to him. He had them in on Thanksgiving morning and put them through a workout I would not want to go through. The kids want to get stronger. They want to get bigger. We are not yet where we want to be, but we are closer.”
Goshen led 11-8 at the end of the first period while Glenn took an 18-16 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Falcon senior Tyler Prentkowski was a big reason for the Glenn surge as he drilled two 3-pointers late in the first quarter and two more in the second.