GOSHEN — Brian Bechtel’s plan was likely in place before last weekend’s wintry weather pushed Saturday’s Goshen home boys basketball game to Monday.
With a shorter, tighter week to navigate, the strategy takes on even greater weight.
“The whole theme for this week was patience and poise,” said Bechtel, whose club bounced back from a nine-day layoff to defeat DeKalb 46-33 on Monday, Dec. 16.
“We knew it was going to be a grind-it-out game, we knew it wasn’t going to be a fast-paced game,” Bechtel said. “I thought our kids played with extreme poise.”
Goshen, which improved to 3-2, will need to keep its game in sync and heads on straight as two rivals come calling in weekend games — Northridge on Friday night and Fairfield on Saturday.
Bechtel said he’ll keep legs fresh with a light work and film on Tuesday before dialing in the Raiders.
First things first, though. DeKalb wasn’t going to go quietly.
With each squad saddled from first-half shooting issues, the game boiled down to a simple thread — which team would starting finding the net?
The Redskins and Barons played tedious games of pass-and-look offense in a sluggish opening two quarters. GHS took a 14-11 halftime lead courtesy of Alex Hartsough’s 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
Deric Haynes, held to just one bucket and only one total attempt in the first two quarters, stepped up his game in the second half.
Haynes knocked down a 3 and a driving layup to boost a 8-0 GHS run which extended a 16-14 lead to 24-14 late in the third. The Skins forward added another layup at the end of the quarter and continued his hot hand into the fourth period with eight more points for a game-high 17.
“Everybody is keying on him, but everybody has to step up. The first half, we had a lot of good shots at the basket, but could not finish them,” Bechtel said. “I’m not as concerned about points, but I am concerned about shooting the ball well.”
Austin Woolett added 11 points and seven rebounds for Goshen, which hit 10-of-15 from the field in the second half.
DeKalb, which dropped to 2-3, could not overcome a 2-for-17 field goal shooting effort in the middle two periods and its 0-for-13 line in the stat book from 3-point range.
“Sometimes you get a little tight when you’re not hitting those shots,” Barons coach Jon Everingham said. “We weren’t hitting shots and we started pressing. I’m a firm believer that you don’t win or lose basketball games based on if you hit shots. I think you find better shots. I didn’t think we were able to do that tonight.
“I thought Goshen did a good job of switching up their defense. We need to do a better job of executing to get better shots when things aren’t going well from the outside.”
Cole Hartman led DeKalb with 14 points. Seven other Barons, though, combined for the team’s other 19.
Goshen’s defense, especially in the second and third quarters, made the difference.
“We knew what we needed to do defensively and that was to keep them away from the basket,” Bechtel said. “It was pretty evident in the first half we were going to pack it in as much as we could and make them beat us, as they say in ‘Hoosiers,’ chuckin’ from the cheap seats. We actually said that in the pre-game.
“We’ve been in that same situation in our two losses. We came into the locker room and said if we hit our shots, we’re where we need to be. We’ve been on the other side of that fence, too.”
Goshen 46, DeKalb 33
DeKalb — Carson Forrest 2-2 1-2 5, Dahlton Daub 2-7 2-2 6, Cole Hartman 4-11 6-6 14, Logan Gerke 0-2 0-0 0, Tanner Moore 0-2 3-6 3, Will Chrisman 1-4 1-2 3, Logan Casper 0-2 0-0 0, Trey Beachy 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 10-32 (.313) 13-18 (.722) 33.
Goshen — Deric Haynes 6-10 2-4 17, Alex Hartsough 2-3 1-2 6, Austin Woolett 4-7 3-4 11, DJ Ambrose 1-3 0-0 2, Jack Gingerich 1-5 1-2 3, Colton Potter 2-2 0-0 5, Alex Haney 0-0 2-2 2, Trevor Weldy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-31 (.516) 9-14 (.643) 46.
Scoring By Quarters
DeKalb 9 2 7 15 — 33
Goshen 7 7 12 20 — 46
3-point goals: DeKalb (0-13) — Daub 0-4, Hartman 0-3, Christman 0-2, Casper 0-2 Beachy 0-1, Gerke 0-1; Goshen (5-8) — Haynes 3-6, Potter 1-1, Hartsough 1-2, Gingerich 0-1.
Rebounds: DeKalb (21) — Moore 7, Hartman 6; Goshen (17) — Woolett 7, Hartsough 4.
Turnovers: DeKalb 15, Goshen 14.
Fouls: DeKalb 17, Goshen 14.
Officials: Rollie Thill, Jeff Rhody, Jeff Nix.
Records: Goshen 3-2, DeKalb 2-3.
Next: Northridge at Goshen Friday.
JV: Goshen 35, DeKalb 28. Top scorers: Goshen — Oliver Nafziger 16, Luis Ramirez-Camacho 8; DeKalb — Logan Casper 10. JV record: Goshen 3-2.