Swede boys second at holiday tourney
ALBION—Add a three-hour bus ride to a five-day practice moratorium and the result on the basketball court is likely a poor shooting performance.
The Swede boys made only 12 of 56 field goal attempts in the first round of the Boone Central holiday tournament on Dec. 28.
Luckily for the Swedes, 21% shooting from the field and 49% from the line was good enough to beat the Boone Central Cardinals 43-32 and send Gothenburg to the championship round.
“That kind of shooting is not totally out of character following a long break,” said Swede coach Roger Koehler. “Neither team shot the ball well after the moratorium.”
Gothenburg’s percentage improved only slightly during the title game to 25% from the field. That was not good enough to beat Ord for the trophy. The Chanticleers won 59-37.
“We’ve played very aggressive all year and we just didn’t have that same fire against Ord,” Koehler said.
The Swedes move to 3-5 on the season.
Gothenburg will travel to Sutherland on Friday.
The Sailors are 4-3 in what Koehler calls an up-and-down year for Sutherland.
“In years past this has been one of those games where the first one to 30 wins,” the coach said.
The boys varsity game is scheduled at 6 p.m. with the girls varsity to follow.
The Swedes then host Centura (2-6) on Saturday with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
“I don’t know a lot about Centura,” Koehler said, “but I don’t think what they do matters as much as our team taking care of what we’re supposed to do.”
Swedes 43, Cardinals 32
With balance among the four teams, Koehler said he felt as though the Swedes could win the holiday tournament.
“At the same time, though, I knew we could get fourth,” he said.
Boone Central gave Gothenburg exactly what Koehler expected in the opening game.
“We knew they would be a physical team,” he said. “So we did what we know how to do best and that’s play good, solid defense.”
That stingy defense, which is a trademark for this year’s Swedes, kept the scoring down.
Boone Central led 11-9 in the first quarter and took an 18-15 lead into halftime.
“It wasn’t that we were taking bad shots,” Koehler said. “They just weren’t going in.”
The Swedes continued to trail 23-22 heading into the final stanza when shots from the free throw line made all the difference.
“We got some free throws to fall down the stretch and that made all the difference.”
Gothenburg out-scored the Cardinals 21-9 in the fourth quarter behind 4-of-8 free throws by Korey Ahlenstorf and 4-of-6 by Cody Ostergard.
The Swedes finished 17-of-35 from the line overall.
Ostergard and Ahlenstorf led Gothenburg in scoring with 12 points each.
Logan Koehler added 10 points and Ahlenstorf completed the double-double with 12 rebounds.
Chanticleers 59, Swedes 37
Ord’s long, athletic players kept Gothenburg out of the paint in the tournament’s championship game Dec. 29 forcing the Swedes to shoot from the outside.
The result was not in Gothenburg’s favor as the Chanticleers took the title with a 59-37 victory.
“Our size has not been a disadvantage for us all season,” Koehler said, “until now.”
Ord’s roster included a majority of players at 6-foot-3 or 6-4, Koehler said.
“And they moved well,” he said. “That caused us a little concern going in.”
The game began as a defensive battle, the Swede coach said, as the Chanticleers took a 12-9 lead after one quarter.
“We weren’t playing well but we were hanging right in there,” Koehler said.
During the second quarter, Ord switched defenses from
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