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December 1, 2012

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Perfect Redskins

Goshen stays unbeaten with home win over Bremen

GOSHEN — Balanced scoring with four players in double figures and solid ball handling with just six turnovers were the keys for the Goshen Redskins notching their second win of the high school boys basketball season.

Six-five senior Sam Stegelmann scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and 6-5 sophomore Austin Woolett added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Redskins breezed to a 74-55 win over the visiting Bremen Lions Friday night at GHS.

“I liked the balance we had on offense,” Goshen coach Brian Bechtel said.

The Redskins’ largest lead was 23 points at 57-34 with 1:55 left in the third period.

Goshen (2-0) faces the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers tonight at North Side Gym in Elkhart.

Five-nine freshman point guard Brady Bechtel was solid in running the Goshen offense with four assists and a mere two turnovers.

“Brady did a nice job of setting things up, but a point guard is only as good as the shooters on the team,” the coach added.

Overall the Redskins were 28-of-54 (51.9 percent) shooting, including 7-of-21 (33.3) from 3-point range.

Five-nine senior Austin Henke had an excellent night shooting. He was 6-of-10 overall, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Henke missed his first two attempts from long range before drilling five in a row. Four of them came during the second quarter as the Redskins expanded a five-point lead (17-12) after one period to 14 (41-27) by halftime.

“Once Henke settled down he hit his shots,” Bechtel said. “Early in the game he was pressing. He was rushing everything. If he is open he is going to nail the treys.”

Henke tossed in 17 points and dished out a team-high five assists.

“I’m a streak shooter,” he said. “Once I get one my confidence level goes way up.”

Stegelmann said. “Austin is a great shooter. We were going to keep feeding him the ball. We are not going to cut him out of the offense is he misses some shots.”

Brady Bechtel was also in double figures with a career-high 11 points. He drilled a ‘3’ on his first shot attempt and scored five points for the Redskins in the opening period.

Six-four senior Ethan Pike netted a game-high 29 points to lead the Lions.

“Pike is an outstanding shooter and a difficult matchup for us,” Bechtel said. “He hit some difficult shots. He hit some off-balance shots. He did what a good shooter is supposed to do. His size and athletic ability make him a tough matchup.”

Fifty-five points is more than the Redskins allowed in the opener with John Glenn (82-42 win).

“We were not as crisp on defense in the first half as we were against Glenn,” Bechtel said. “We were late on a lot of rotations.”

Stegelmann said, “We take a lot of pride in our defense. That is one of the reasons why we are scoring more points. We are getting points in transition off our defense.”

The Redskins were consistent on offense with 17 points in the opening stanza, followed by quarters of 24, 17 and 16. The Redskins were also in double figures in all four periods of the Glenn contest.

“This is the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball,” Henke said. “Everyone of our players can run, shoot or score. We don’t rely on one player to get points. We can run the floor. This is the most athletic team I’ve ever played on.

“I can’t remember a game before where we had four of the five starters in double figures.”

The only starter not in double figures was 5-11 senior Jesse Good with six points. But it was Good that poured in a team-high 21 in the Glenn contest.

“Bremen watched the Glenn game and focused on Good,” Bechtel said. “They were not going to let him get points. He didn’t get many good looks at the basket.”

Woolett posted the first double-double of his career after just missing on one in the opener with eight points and 14 rebounds.

“Woolett was another guy Bremen focused on,” Bechtel said. “They were not going to let him pound the boards the way he did in the opener. He kept battling the whole game.”

Woolett was also credited with three blocked shots.

“He altered a lot of shots,” Bechtel said. “He doesn’t just swat at the ball.”

Six-three junior Deric Haynes came off the bench for the Redskins to contribute seven points.

“He had a good game, playing with a lot of confidence,” Bechtel said.

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