Althoff freshman has big night in debut; Central loses in double OT

News-DemocratNovember 26, 2013 

— It took less than a quarter for Althoff High freshman Jordan Goodwin to show that all the hype following him around in junior high was highly accurate.

Goodwin threw down an early slam off of a steal and finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in his varsity debut Tuesday as Althoff ran past Effingham 64-45 at the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.

"He's played a lot of basketball and he's got an older brother," Althoff coach Greg Leib said of the 6-foot-3 Goodwin. "When you have an older brother, you learn to get a shot off. My brothers were all a lot better players than me from me beating on them.

"You learn to get your shot off and you learn to play against pressure and against bigger, more aggressive people."

Althoff sophomore Brendon Gooch fired in 14 of his 21 points during the second half as the Crusaders (1-0) took control with a late 12-0 run.

Althoff's quickness and aggressive defense also was evident with Effingham committing 22 turnovers.

Crusaders senior guard Kevin Renner contributed 11 points and talked about the team's balance and increased scoring options.

"I thought (Goodwin) played really good," Renner said. "He got to the hole, drew fouls, shared the ball around. I thought the whole team played well. I think overall our team is going to be hard to guard.

"We have a lot of people that can put the ball in the hole and have a lot of weapons."

Goodwin hit six of his first eight shots and had 13 points at halftime, finishing many off around the basket. Effingham stepped up the defense on him after that, but Gooch and Althoff sophomore Keenen Young got hot from the outside to keep building on a 27-26 halftime lead.

Sharing the offensive wealth is something Leib has been stressing.

"I told the guys to start the year if we go out there and we don't care who gets what, we're going to be OK and we're going to like the outcome," Leib said. "The guys did a great job of that, for the most part they let the shots come to them instead of going out there and thinking shots like Carmelo Anthony or somebody like that."

Effingham got 20 points from Leighton Lark and nine from Kevin Daugherty.

If Leib wondered how Goodwin would look once the games started, he didn't need to worry.

"I thought Jordan came out and played hard and got a few shots for himself by getting on the offensive glass," Leib said. "He was aggressive with the basketball and getting to the rim. They guarded him a little better in the second half and he still kept going at them."

Mt. Zion 67, Central 62, 2 OT

For the first time since the 1985-86 season, someone other than Hall of Fame coach Stan Eagleson was coaching the Central Cougars.

And the debut of new head coach Jeremy Shubert was about as wild as it gets with Mt. Zion pulling away in the second overtime period. Central hit just four of 10 free throws in first and second overtime periods, also contributing to the defeat.

Central got six 3-pointers and 22 points from sophomore Logan Kohrmann, while senior guard Jacob Timmermann had 21 points. No other Cougar outside of that duo had more than five.

"It was a little roller coaster," said Shubert, whose team lead by five heading into the fourth quarter. I thought we had them and I thought we didn't have them. I thought they were going to close us out and we fought back.

"We couldn't get it done. Our legs were done and going 4-of-10 at the free throw line in overtime, you just can't do that and win."

Forcing nine turnovers in the third quarter, the Cougars briefly took control. Both teams missed free throws at the end of the fourth quarter, but Timmermann -- dealing with an ankle injury --sank two with 5.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime to force a 55-55 tie.

Missed free throws were costly in the second overtime for Central as Mt. Zion pulled away at the end.

Kohrmann and Timmermann were strong on the perimeter, but Shubert wants more of an inside presence.

"Logan did a nice job," Shubert said. "We're going to need him to score this year there's no doubt about it. We were just so much of a perimeter oriented team tonight."

Austin Thacker had 16 points for Mt. Zion and Mason Bruce had 14.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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