Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 31, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: On the rebound

Goshen looks to build off big Tuesday night win

By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — The past two games have produced a mixed bag of results for the Goshen High School boys basketball team.

The Redskins suffered a disappointing 56-52 loss at home last Friday night to Elkhart Memorial, but rebounded nicely Tuesday night on the road with a 58-54 win on the road at Mishawaka.

With Tuesday night’s victory over the Cavemen, the Redskins are now 9-5 on the season. They travel to Plymouth this Friday night for an NLC contest against the Pilgrims. Tipoff is slated for approximately 7:45 p.m.

Offensvely, the Redskins are scoring 52.6 ppg., while giving up 51.9.

And while Goshen coach Brian Bechtel has been pleased with his team’s defensive play of late, he said the Redskins need to find more consistency on offense.

For an object lesson in what Bechtel was talking about, one need only look to Tuesday night’s first half at Mishawaka: The Redskins scored just 15 points in the opening two quarters and trailed 20-15 at halftime.

Luckily, the Cavemen didn’t exactly set the nets on fire in the first half Tuesday night, either.

One of the Redskins’ keys to victory Tuesday night was a 26-point rally in the fourth quarter.

“We aren’t going to be able to depend on that kind of quarter every night,” Bechtel said. “We need to be scoring about 15 points per quarter.”

As the final third of the season approaches, Bechtel said his team has settled nicely into its roles.

And Bechtel has been especially pleased with the stepped-up play of sophomore forward Austin Woolett, who is playing a power forward position for the Redskins at 6-5.

Woolett had a bit of a breakout game for the Redskins Tuesday night at Mishawaka, with 16 points.

Woolett’s continued emergence at the power forward spot has opened up more scoring opportunities for senior center Sam Stegelmann, who had the Redskibns with 18 points Tuesday night.

With two NLC losses (the Redskins are 3-2 in the conference), Goshen is aiming for an outright second-place NLC finish. Concord leads the conference with a 5-0 mark, and there is a three-way tie for second between Goshen, Warsaw and NorthWood at 3-2.

At Plymouth Friday night, the Redskins will meet a Pilgrim squad with an exceptional overall mark at 12-3, but a subpar NLC record at 2-3. The Pilgrims are led by 6-9 forward Mack Mercer, who Bechtel said will present matchup problems for his team.

“We’re going to have to rebound well,” Bechtel said. On the season, the Redskins are just a bit behind their opponents in the battle of the boards. The Redskins are averaging 23.7 boards per contest, to 24.9 for opponents.

Bechtel was pleased to see his team get 10 second-chance points off the offensive boards Tuesday night against the Cavemen.

“We’re going to need more of that this Friday night at Plymouth,” Bechtel said.