NASHVILLE — Central's Logan Kohrmann stayed aggressive, and it paid off.
Logan Kohrmann converted a three-point play with 1:33 to go and then sank three throws in the final 43 seconds as the Cougars beat the Mater Dei Knights 49-38 on Saturday in the championship game of the Nashville Invitational Tournament.
Kohrmann drove into the lane and put up a shot as he was fouled by Mater Dei's Eric Vandeloo, who was trying to draw a charging foul, on the pivotal three-point play.
"We were just trying to stall, and I got by my defender,'' Kohrmann said. "I didn't know if it was going to be a charge or a block. I didn't know if he was there or not. It worked out for the best.''
Kohrmann, a 6-foot sophomore, ended up with a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Jacob Timmermann added nine points and six rebounds.
"Logan has been around basketball his whole life, and he has to step up for us,'' Central coach Jeremy Schubert said. "I told him that at the beginning of the year. What a tournament he had. As a sophomore coming in here playing under control ... Logan was outstanding for us.''
Kohrmann and Timmermann were both selected to the all-tournament first team.
"It helps having Jacob on the team,'' Kohrmann said. "He finds you. He finds you and gets you open shots.''
The Cougars (14-5) won the tournament for the fifth time in six years, while the Knights (15-7) placed second for the fourth time in six years.
The Knights were led by Ben Lampe with 14 points amd Zach Deiters with 11 points and six rebounds.
Central kept it close, getting within 41-38 on two free throws by Lampe with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Mitchell Rule drove through the lane for a basket with 3:03 on the clock.
The Cougars called timeout with 2:26 left and ran the clock down until Kohrmann's three-point play.
"Before the tournament started, my goal was to be in the championship game and have a chance, and we accomplished that,'' Mater Dei coach Ron Schadegg said. "We got to the championship game. We had a chance. We just didn't execute and get it done. We have been playing some great basketball over the last three-week period. Internally, I knew at some point we were going to fall off a little bit, and you never want it to be in a championship game. We'll bounce back. We'll be OK.''
Chase Schneider, Kenton Roeckenhaus and Austen Shidle all contributed six points for the Cougars.
Mater Dei's Nolan Gerling, Gibault's Wes Degener, and Teutopolis' Brett Mette also were chosen to the first squad of the all-tournament team.
The second team consisted of Lampe, Freeburg's Justin Diecker, Wesclin's Kyle Eversgerd, Nashville's Royce Newman and Gibault's Nick Row.
Gibault 51, Teutopolis 45
Jacob Rueter hit a key 3-pointer with 1:47 to play and the Gibault Hawks did almost everything right, including knocking down six of their seven free-throw attempts, the rest of the way in beating the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes in the third-place game.
"It's the first game that we've had with two minutes to go and it was anybody's game that we've won,'' Gibault coach Dennis Rueter said. "That was real important for us to do that because obviously if you are going to go anywhere in the postseason, you're going to have to do that.''
With his team leading 42-41, Jacob Rueter caught a pass from Mitch Meyer on the right wing and drilled the 3-pointer.
"That was really big, but it was a really good pass,'' Dennis Rueter said. "It's the type of thing we talked about that we need to do more of. Mitch Meyer got in there deep and kicked it out to him.''
Tyler Enright missed the front end of a one--on-one opportunity at the free-throw line with 50 seconds left, but he redeemed himself by sinking his two free throws with 34 seconds left.
Meyer and Row each added two free throws to clinch the victory.
Degener led the Hawks (15-4) with 15 points, while Row had 12 points and Jacob Rueter finished with eight points.
Reed Hardiek had 13 points and Mette and Bobby Wenthe each had 10 points for the Wooden Shoes (11-7).
Dennis Rueter felt like his team came out flat and that led to a poor-shooting performance in a loss to Central on Friday night, but he was pleased with the Hawks' energy against T-Town as they jumped out to a 14-8 lead and extended it to 25-16.
"I guess it's always a matter of which came first,'' Dennis Rueter said. "Did you shoot better you had enthusiasm or did you have enthusiasm because you shot better? That's always hard to say.''
Nashville 67, Freeburg 61
Keegan Anderson had 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals in leading the Nashville Hornets past the Freeburg Midgets in the consolation championship.
The Hornets also got 12 points from Daniel Thorson and Hunter Beetley and 10 from Newman.
Nashville was 24-for-35 (69 percent) from the free-throw line.
Diecker was the top scorer for the Midgets with 24 points. He was 10-for-14 shooting from the field.
Jacob Mueller chipped in 19 points and Jack Kemper had 11 points.
Wesclin 64, Mascoutah 63, OT
Jarad Steenbergen hit a 15-foot jumper with two seconds left in overtime as the Wesclin Warriors edged the Mascoutah Indians in the seventh-place game.
Steenbergen scored five of his 13 points in overtime.
The Warriors were led by Eversgerd with 21 points, including four 3-pointers. Alex Smith had 15 points and Jared Timmermann had 10 points.
The Indians were paced by Tim Parks with 26 points and eight rebounds. Brian Pettiford had 12 points and eight rebounds.
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