NASHVILLE — For the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes it's all about execution.
And for the last three quarters of their Nashville Invitational Tournament championship game win over Gibault, the Shoes were dominating.
Senior Kyle Pruemer scored seven of his 19 points in the third quarter as T-town used a 10-0 run to break the game open and went on for a 51-31 win in a battle of state-ranked teams.
Ranked fifth in the Class 2A state poll and making its tournament debut, Teutopolis outscored Gibault (17-4) 38-18 in the final three quarters as it rolled to the win.
"We've been spending a lot of time on offensive sets and execution and to see that hard work pay off with the way we played in the final three quarters is very gratifying,'' T-town coach Andy Fehrenbacher said. "On defense too. Gibault is a very well-coached team, but I thought our defensive pressure took its toll on them in the second half.''
Gibault, ranked fourth in the Class 1A poll, got five points apiece from Wes Degener and Matt Schreder in the first quarter, which ended with the game tied at 13.
But Pruemer, who added 11 rebounds to go with his 19 points, tallied on a pair of strong moves to the basket and when Cody Will hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter, T-Town led 24-17 at halftime.
The Wooden Shoes (17-4) then put the game away with the 10-0 run over the first 3 minutes, 25 seconds of the third period.
Degener led Gibault with 11 points. The Hawks were just 11 of 35 from the floor on the night.
Mater Dei 32, Central 21
Central coach Stan Eagleson will again have to wait for career coaching win No. 600.
Senior guard Adam Etter scored 14 points and the Mater Dei's defense was lights out throughout as the Knights took home the third-place trophy.
With Etter scoring nine points in the first half, Mater Dei (12-9) led 16-12 at halftime as both teams struggled on the offensive end.
The Knights lead reached 10 points midway through the third quarter, as Jared Thole nailed a 3 to aid the Knights' cause.
The defending Class 2A state champion Cougars (13-7) closed to within six points twice in the final period, the last time on a basket by senior Kyler Scheer.
But the Knights Mitchell Langenhorst hit a 3 and the Knights' defense did the rest.
But the story of this one was Mater Dei's defense, which was stingy all game.
"We've spent a lot of time and worked very hard on the man- (to-man) defense. I thought we did a great job on defense tonight,'' Mater Dei coach Brian Perkes said. "I know they (Central) were without Jacob (Timmermann), but we were without Zach (Haake), so that evens it out.
"I'm pleased. To come in here, play three good team and finish 2-1, it was a good tournament for us.''
Central, without Timmermann (knee injury) struggled mightily in the final three quarters.
"We're offensively challenged on a lot of nights anyway. Without Jacob we really struggled,'' Eagleson said. "We thought if we could get it in the 30s that we might have a chance.
"But scoring 21 points? You're not going to beat anyone scoring 21 points.''