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.
“Glenn moved the ball well and they shot the ball well,” Bechtel said. “Glenn did a nice job of getting their shooters open and then their shooters knocked the shots down.”
Goshen (1-1) travels to Bremen Friday where they will likely see another physical team in the Lions.
“We have got to get better at handling the physical style,” Bechtel said. “Glenn beat us up in the post and our guys did not respond well. We ended up going to a smaller lineup.”
Senior Deric Haynes, who scored 26 points in Tuesday’s 51-50 win at Marian, netted a team-high 12 points for the Redskins.
“We have got to develop multiple scoring options,” Bechtel said. “I’m sure the early scouting report on us is to shut down Haynes and we don’t have anyone to step up. We can’t just rely on Haynes. We have to get Brady (Bechtel) and Jack (Gingerich) to shoot more. We also need to find a player to score in the post.”
Sophomore Brady Bechtel scored nine points, junior Jack Gingerich seven, junior Isaac Huerta six, junior Austin Woolett five and senior Alex Hartsough two for the Redskins.
Glenn opened the third period with a 9-2 run for a 27-18 lead at the 5:28 mark. The Redskins pulled to within four points (27-23) on a pair of free throws by Hartsough at 5:02 and a three-point play by Gingerich following a steal at 4:49.
Gingerich had five steals in the contest.
“Jack has great hands and long arms,” Bechtel said. “The kids called him ‘Birdman’ because he has long wings.”
Glenn turned things back in their favor when Prentkowski swished treys on back-top-back possessions to put the Falcons up 33-25 at the 3:14 mark of the third quarter. Goshen trailed 38-32 entering the fourth after Bechtel canned a ‘3’ from the corner.
The Falcons started the fourth with a 5-0 run for a 43-32 lead and the Redskins never got the deficit under double digits the rest of the way.
“We had opportunities to hit shots tonight and we didn’t do it,” Bechtel said. “Glenn had us on our heels for three quarters of the game.”
Prentkowski made six treys and scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Falcons. Junior Jacob Strong chipped in with 17.
Goshen was a 37-29 winner in the JV game. Junior Oliver Nafziger had 12 points, freshman Juchaun Fox eight, junior Brad Ackerman seven, sophomore Cam Kline four, junior Luis Ramirez-Camacho four and sophomore Hunter Pearson two for the Redskins. Sophomore Daniel Wallace had nine points and freshman Matt Strong eight for Glenn.