Freshman spurs Althoff past Mattoon

News-DemocratNovember 30, 2013 

— When Althoff freshman Jordan Goodwin attacked the rim Saturday, there wasn't much Mattoon could do to stop him.

The 6-foot-3 Goodwin scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half and helped lead Althoff to a 67-57 victory over the Green Wave in the championship game of the Effingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.

It was Althoff's first tourney title after finishing second and third previously.

"I thought he got to the rim really well," Althoff coach Greg Leib said of Goodwin, one of three Crusaders to earn all-tournament honors along with senior Kevin Renner and sophomore Brendon Gooch. "I give a lot of credit to his teammates because they found him and put him in great situations to be effective. He took advantage of it and really forced the issue."

Renner finished with 17 points and Keenen Young had eight.

"Mattoon was a good team, but we had to pick it up on our defense (in the second half)," Goodwin said. "Our defense wasn't up to par. It was fun, a good experience playing with these guys as a team."

Althoff (4-0) trailed 29-27 at halftime, but Goodwin helped level the Green Wave (3-1) a bit by scoring 11 points in the third quarter.

One of those buckets came after a steal, with Goodwin switching quickly from right to left hand and finishing with a finger roll.

Goodwin lost another bucket in the third quarter after a head fake that led to a travel call, one that Leib wasn't sure the freshman committed.

"It's that doggone Euro move, I used to use that in college on the dance floor so now it's a travel," Leib joked. "We're going to look at the film and go over it."

Althoff also picked up the intensity at the defensive end and forced 11 second-half turnovers. The Crusaders closed out the third quarter on a 15-4 run.

"We finally wore (out) their legs a little bit, but man those kids were hot when they came out," Leib said of Mattoon, which hit five of its first seven shots including three straight 3-pointers by Austin Wetzel. "Our guys did a better job of being aware of where they were and not giving them as many easy looks.

"They're a good ballclub, they're going to win a lot of games this year."

It was still close early in the fourth quarter, but a shot by Renner and a 3-pointer by Grant Strieker helped Althoff pull away.

Renner nailed five straight field-goal attempts midway through the first half and had 13 of Althoff's 27 first-half points.

Up 25-19 early in the second quarter, the Crusaders endured a 10-2 run by the Green Wave to end the first half as Mattoon took a 29-27 lead.

Mattoon's Jared Pilson had 10 of his team's 16 points in the second quarter and was 8-for-8 at the free-throw line. Pilson was fouled as the first half expired, hitting two foul shots to give the Green Wave a 29-27 lead.

Wetzel led Mattoon with 13 points while Pilson had 12, Tanner Scott had 11 and Travis Kittell had 10.

Effingham 59, Central 49

Effingham's tight defense bottled up the Central Cougars most of the night as the Flaming Hearts won the third-place game.

Mark Wohltmann had 22 points for Effingham (3-1) while Kevin Daugherty had 17 points.

Central (2-2) trailed 24-19 at halftime and 39-29 after three quarters as the Cougars could never get untracked offensively.

Senior guard Jacob Timmermann made the all-tournament team and led Central with 14 points. Central's Robbie Harmon had 10 points with Logan Kohrmann and Chase Schneider each scoring seven.

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

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