sports blog by andy shenk

Redskins Slip Past McGuire’s Chargers

In At The Game, Elkhart Basketball on February 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Goshen students stormed the floor on Tuesday night to celebrate their school’s 44-42 win over Elkhart Memorial in opening-round action of the Elkhart 4A boys basketball sectional. It’s not often the team with a superior record breaks loose the way Redskin fans did at North Side Gym, but after 12 straight losses to the Crimson Chargers, they could be excused.

Senior forward Sam Stegelmann gave Goshen the lead with 20 seconds to play, driving the baseline to feed Deric Haynes two easy points in the paint.

Memorial handed the ball to Division I-bound Markese McGuire on the final possession. Isolated at the top of the key, the 6-2 senior guard went for the tie on a pull-up jumper, but his shot clanged off the iron.

Marvelous all night on both offense and defense (25 points and three steals), McGuire yanked on his jersey in frustration as the horn sounded and the Chargers’ title defense ended prematurely.

After graduating four starters from last season’s 24-2 regional champion squad, even an MVP effort from the senior star couldn’t hold off Goshen.

None of the Redskin seniors, or even head coach Brian Bechtel, had defeated Memorial before. They lost at home to the same squad in January, 56-52, but finally broke through Tuesday, led by Stegelmann’s 17 points and five rebounds.

Goshen (14-7) moves on to face Northridge in the sectional semifinals on Friday night. Memorial (8-13) exits the tournament in the first round for the first time since 2008.

Early in the night, though, it didn’t appear McGuire would be stopped. His NBA-range 3-pointer halfway through the second quarter gave the Chargers a 20-15 lead. The shot came on the heels of three straight Goshen possessions in which the Illinois-Chicago recruit contributed to three Redskin turnovers.

Then, despite Goshen’s 23-22 lead at halftime, Markese led the team on an 11-3 run to open the third quarter.

Still up 35-30 with a minute to play in the period, however, Memorial’s offense suddenly went missing.

Senior guard James Hershberger drained a ‘3’ with five minutes to play in the final frame, but Haynes’s free throws at the 2:30 mark capped a 12-3 Goshen run over six and a half minutes.

McGuire brought his team back on a lay-up, steal, and lay-up in just 30 seconds, knotting the score at 42-all, but that would be it for Memorial on the night.

Both Elkhart schools, Central and Memorial, will be spectators at Friday’s semifinals in North Side Gym. Concord – Warsaw and Goshen – Northridge tip off at 6 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively.

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