In danger of a three-game losing streak at the Nashville Invitational, the seventh-ranked Central Cougars instead put together a solid effort Saturday and kept second-ranked Teutopolis from winning the tournament championship outright.
Central junior Logan Kohrmann scored 16 points in the first half for the second night in a row, finishing with a game-high 25 in an impressive 57-47 victory over the Wooden Shoes.
Nashville (20-2), which beat Mater Dei 48-35 in the final game Saturday, claimed the tournament co-championship with Teutopolis since both teams finished with a 3-1 tourney record. There were no tiebreakers.
“Thanks to Central, they beat T-Town so we could share first place in the tournament,” said Nashville junior Royce Newman, who scored 12 points in the win over Mater Dei along with teammate Troy Pedtke.
Central had lost five of the last six games to Teutopolis (18-3), including twice last season and 49-44 earlier this season.
“That was a big win,” Central coach Jeremy Shubert said. “We’ve had a couple rough games with T-Town. (Former Central all-state guard) Jacob Timmermann came right in here and gave me a big hug because we lost to them twice last year. These kids wanted the game.
“It’s a really good win for our program. It’s one we needed to get for a lot of reasons.”
Down 22-20 at halftime, the Cougars outscored T-Town 16-8 during a decisive third quarter after taking the lead for good on a shot by Jack Strieker.
While Kohrmann still had the majority of the points for Central, the Cougars got more of a balanced approach from everyone else as with five others contributing either five or six points.
“We’ve been searching for that second scorer to go along with Logan all week and I think everyone contributed,” Shubert said. “It wasn’t one person. We got great minutes from Kolby Schulte, Tyler Joest, Mitchel Rule taking it in there ... and Jack Strieker had a whale of a game even though he was in foul trouble.”
Kohrmann had seven of Central’s nine points in the first quarter and continued his trend of scoring points in bunches this season. He was named to the all-tournament team.
“Like (Mater Dei) Coach (Ron) Schadegg said, Logan’s an awesome player and I’m glad he’s on my team,” Shubert said. “He’s a competitor and he’s a winner.”
The Cougars also did a much better job of containing T-Town scoring leader Brett Mette, who scored 30 points against them earlier this season.
Nashville 48, Mater Dei 35: Nashville got plenty of points from a familiar source and another that rarely leads the team in its victory over Mater Dei. Hornets’ scoring leader Newman, a 6-foot-7 junior, had 12 points while Pedtke also contributed 12 off the bench.
“I always tell him every day he can score about 20 points a game,” said Newman, chosen to the all-tournament team along with teammate Dylan Mueller. “(Pedtke) never looks to score, but now he’s looking to score and he’s doing well.”
Pedtke helped the early Hornets’ scoring surge by nailing a 3-pointer in the first quarter that pushed Nashville’s lead to 13-5. He hit another three in the second quarter that put Mater Dei in a 20-10 hole and the Knights (14-8) never really recovered.
Nashville weathered Mater Dei’s third-quarter comeback bid and finished out the victory.
Daniel Thorson and Mueller had eight points each for Nashville while Zach Haake, Zack Deiters and Ben Lampe all contributed 11 points each for the Knights. Nashville held Mater Dei scoring leader Nolan Gerling scoreless until late in the game and he scored only two points.
Lampe and Gerling each were named to the all-tournament team.