Don’t think for a minute that playing against the Cahokia Comanches doesn’t bring out a little bit extra in Althoff senior Jordan Goodwin.
The Saint Louis University recruit exploded for a career-high 46 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Friday to push Althoff to an 86-76 South Seven victory over the Comanches.
“Yeah it’s a rivalry, especially for me in my household,” Goodwin explained. “My dad (Tim Goodwin) went to Cahokia, so it’s a lot of rivalry talk between me and him going into the game. He always told me how good he was, and I believe him.
“My talent had to come from somewhere.”
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Jordan Goodwin had 19 points at halftime and 34 heading into the fourth quarter. He added three 3-pointers on the night and was 13-of-18 at the free-throw line.
He scored Althoff’s first nine points, scored 15 in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth with the game still on the line.
“He does that every game,” said Althoff senior C.J. Coldon, who contributed a season-high 21 points including 11 in the fourth quarter. “He does this every day in practice. We expect it from him, and he expects the same from us.”
Cahokia (4-4, 1-1 South Seven) made things tough on Althoff (5-2, 2-0) most of the night. The Comanches trailed 24-23 after the first quarter and 36-32 at halftime before Goodwin’s big third quarter created a little separation.
“I’ve got a team that’s out there working hard,” Cahokia coach Darian Nash said. “We’re going to beat some people; we just like being under the radar right now. This one game doesn’t define our season. We’ll be back in there working again tomorrow.
“We just didn’t do the little things, that’s all.”
Cahokia got 33 points from Thomas “Taco” Bell, while Richard Robinson had 13 and Jakorey Davis had 11.
“Taco played good tonight,” Goodwin said. “Great player. He kept coming after me, and I kept coming after him. It was a battle; I look forward to the next one too.”
Althoff coach Greg Leib also was impressed by Bell’s performance.
“Giving up 33 to Taco, he was killing it,” Leib said. “He hit some tough shots. He hit some James Harden stuff out there. You don’t think you’ve got to guard it, and he’s hitting float-back 25-footers.”
With Althoff missing starter Edwyn Brown because of a sprained MCL knee injury he said occurred during the football playoff loss to Rochester, the Crusaders needed extra efforts from the rest of the squad. That included added intensity from Southern Illinois University Carbondale football recruit Bryson Strong.
Goodwin scored Althoff’s first nine points and dropped in 19 in the first half.
The Comanches hung tough thanks to a combined 19 points in the first half by Bell and Robinson. The Crusaders were held scoreless in the second quarter, until the 4:40 mark, when Goodwin converted a 3-point play.
As usual, the self-critical Goodwin found several areas he wasn’t happy with, even on a 46-point, 19-rebound night.
“I’ve got a lot of areas of my game where I can get better,” he said. “I missed a lot of free throws again. I turned the ball over a little bit, missed a lot of shots I should have made, so there’s still room for improvement.”