When the Class 2A basketball rankings came out, the Beckman boys’ basketball team claimed the top spot, based a lot on their perfect season so far, 6-0.
The Blazers’ most recent win was on the road at West Delaware Dec. 17, 55-36, and their recipe for winning, a big scoring quarter, moved to the second frame. Up 13-10 going in, they out-pointed the Hawks, 16-7, in the second quarter to lead, 29-17, at halftime. They won both of the next two quarters as well, up 43-26 after the third.
Coach Michael Molony commented, “We expected a great challenge in Manchester and knew it was another hungry team coming after us. We also faced some new adversity with the flu bug hitting our players and coach.
“I thought for 32 minutes this was the first time we battled on almost every possession on the defensive end. That was the difference in the game, our ability to move the ball with pass and dribble (only seven turnovers) and their inability to do so.
“We controlled the paint for the most part all night. They have one of the best players in the conference, and with Tom Jaeger out, we really needed someone to step up. Hats off to Luke Goedken who did an outstanding job blanketing him. His teammates did a great job recognizing where he was as well.
“There are still some things we need to clean up on our offensive end but we continue to get great shots. This was the most important game for us to date since it was our first WaMaC East game and one we have dropped four years in a row. We know so far we have a lot to be proud of but improvement in areas is still something we are analyzing.”
Beckman’s leaders were: scoring — Mason White 14 (one trey), Goedken 12, Michael Keegan 11 (one), Jack Gehling nine, Jake Hermsen six, Jack Westhoff two, Sean Kluesner one; rebounds — Keegan and Westhoff five, White, Hermsen and Gehling three, Goedken two, Kluesner and Logan Goedken one; steals — Keegan and Westhoff three, Luke Goedken and White two, Hermsen and Logan Goedken one; assists — Luke Goedken and Keegan three, White and Westhoff one.