On Senior Night at Mater Dei on Friday it was Knights senior point guard Butchie Timmermann turning in a huge offensive celebration.
Known more for his scoring on a football field as an All-Area receiver, Timmermann had a season-high 14 points and was a major factor as the Knights ended Okawville’s 12-game winning streak with a dominant 61-47 victory.
“He’s been really good all week,” Mater Dei coach Ron Schadegg said of Timmermann, who had reached double-figuring scoring only twice all season and that was with 10 points each time. “I don’t know, something just clicked with him. He’s getting very comfortable with the dribble drive and he was finishing around the basket for us tonight.
Something just clicked with him. He’s getting very comfortable with the dribble drive and he was finishing around the basket for us tonight. That’s going to be a big boost for us going into postseason play.
Mater Dei coach Ron Schadegg on Butchie Timmermann
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“That’s going to be a big boost for us going into postseason play.”
It was Okawville’s first loss since a Jan. 9 defeat against Central. The Rockets (25-4) also had beaten Mater Dei 58-49 at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament.
Where did the extra scoring come from for Timmermann?
“We’ve been spreading it out a little bit more,” he said. “I’ve been finding ways to get to the hole and Coach has just been telling me all week if you see space, just take it and go with it. See what happens.”
Mater Dei (19-7) also got 15 points from senior Nick Pollmann and seven from senior Jordan Kampwerth while holding Okawville junior star Noah Frederking to 13 points and only three field goals.
The Knights alternated defenders and defenses, sometimes using a triangle-and-two and other times switching people with Blake Langenhorst and Kampwerth helping considerably,
“That might have been the best basketball game we’ve played all season from start to finish,” Schadegg said. “I was really pleased with our effort one through 15, everybody came in and contributed and did a great job.
“Defensively we caused some problems. We made Frederking score in some difficult situations. That was the plan, make everything difficult on him. We know he’s going to get his, but obviously he missed a few more tonight than he normally does and that was big for us.”
Okawville coach Jon Kraus could sense his team’s frustration, especially the defense on Frederking. The junior averages 21 points a game and surpassed 1,800 points for his career on Friday, but was held to four free throws and no field goals in the first half.
They were mixing defenses a little bit and we’ve been working on those things. It wasn’t like we weren’t ready for it. It was just a little different, it took a while to figure out exactly what they were trying to do.
Okawville coach Jon Kraus on Mater Dei’s defense on Noah Frederking
“They were mixing defenses a little bit and we’ve been working on those things,” Kraus said. “It wasn’t like we weren’t ready for it. It was just a little different, it took a while to figure out exactly what they were trying to do. We never really got a good feel for exactly what they were doing.”
Also big was Mater Dei hitting nine of its first 12 shots and 20-of-29 through the first three quarters.
Trailing only 31-25 at halftime, the Rockets seemed poised for a second-half comeback. But two 3-pointers from Pollmann and two buckets by Timmermann helped created a 48-34 advantage heading into the fourth quarter and Okawville never got going offensively.
Frederking had 13 points and Shane Ganz scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter.
“We didn’t shoot it well and some of the shots were not great shots at times,” Kraus said. “Some of the shots we normally make we didn’t make as the game went on. I thought they executed well and did what they wanted to do better than we did.”
After jumping out to a 7-2 lead, things slowed down in a hurry for Okawville. Ganz had 10 of the Rockets’ 19 points in the first quarter but his team was trailing 20-19.
Getting eight points from Timmermann, the Knights led 31-25 at halftime.