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BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Henry wins 11th straight, bounces New Bremen

March 3, 2012

New Bremen's Elliott Westerbeck drives into the lane against St. Henry's Craig Knapke. (Photo by David Pence)


COLDWATER — The last time the streaking St. Henry Redskins lost, it came to New Bremen back on Jan. 20.

So when the Redskins figured they’d likely be playing the Cardinals again in the sectional final after the draw in early February, they knew how they wanted to attack the New Bremen Cardinals.

St. Henry wanted to control the paint.

The gameplan St. Henry cooked up worked to perfection on Friday night. The Redskins will advance to the Division IV district semifinals next Tuesday after rolling to  a 61-38 win over New Bremen for their 11th straight victory.

“After the tournament draw came out coach (Chad) Cramer has been working on New Bremen for about three weeks,” St. Henry head coach Eric Rosenbeck said. “He had us really prepared and the guys really came through. They understood what they had to do and they executed like they have been doing for nearly two months and it resulted in our victory.”

The Redskins controlled the inside and  left the Cardinals hoisting up shots.

“We got it inside early,” New Bremen head coach Adam Dougherty said. “We made a couple of nice plays, but the worst thing that happened was that we started knocking down three’s. And we thought that was the way to get back in the game instead of continuing to do what we were doing. We didn’t execute well all night.”

The Redskins (18-4) will face Crestview next Tuesday in the second game of the Elida district. The Knights defeated Lincolnview, 69-46.

New Bremen finishes its season at 13-9.

Derek Bornhorst scored 16 points to lead New Bremen and all scorers.



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