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MAC Boys Basketball Game of the Week - Minster at St. Henry

December 12, 2012
Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC)

Following a week of non-league confrontations, the Midwest Athletic Conference schedule tips off this week with the most notable meeting taking place in St. Henry between the 4-0 Redskins and the 3-0 Minster Wildcats.  The Orange and Black will invade St. Henry Middle School Gymnasium, where the Redskins are 2-0 this season after defeating both St. Marys and Mississinawa Valley there last week.  The Wildcats have not won in St. Henry in more than a decade.

In three games this year, the Wildcats have made it interesting for head coach Mike Lee, as they have come-from-behind in each victory, including last weekend’s overtime win at home against Russia.  The Wildcats have been led in the early part of this season by senior Devon Poeppelman’s 17 points and nine rebounds per game, along with Brandon Hoying and Adam Niemeyer at 12 and 11 points per contest, respectively.  “I am hoping that the tightness of these early games can only help down the road, as I look at all three and have only one answer--experience has been a major factor in crucial situations down the stretch,” Lee explained.  “We continue to address the areas that need refinement, including our defensive rebounding and transition defense.  It needs to get better as we are giving up almost 56 points per game - on a cold shooting night, it will cost us.”

The Redskins head into Friday night’s MAC opener with previous victories over Mississinawa Valley, St. Marys, Russia, and Spencerville.  They are paced offensively by senior Kyle Stahl at 19.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, as well as Ryan Mikesell and Alex Post at 15.3 and 11 points each time out.  “Right now, it is our passing that has been a big reason for our success - we are averaging 20.8 assists per game,” head coach Eric Rosenbeck pointed out.  “Alex Post, Kyle Stahl, Jordan Bender, and Ryan Mikesell really see the floor well, and the other guys are all starting to get better and better at making the right reads in our offense.”

Rosenbeck is quick to add that he knows Minster will be his team’s biggest challenge to this point in the season.  “We know that they are good - it will be a close game that will come down to whichever team makes plays in the 4th quarter.”

Lee also feels Friday’s game will boil down to a few important aspects.  “Two keys for this Friday--we cannot get cleaned on the glass and allow them second and third opportunities.  We also need to value possessions, meaning the turnovers have to stay down.  They are an athletic team on the defensive end and have given teams fits thus far trying to get into any flow offensively.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn




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