Gothenburg boys get by Eagles 54-45
OXFORD—Despite the biggest overall lineup the Swedes have had in years, Gothenburg coach Roger Koehler was a bit concerned with the size difference between his Swedes and Southern Valley’s team Thursday night.
The big, strong Eagles looked menacing but Gothenburg wasn’t intimidated as the Swedes came away with a 54-45 victory.
“We executed things well all the way around,” Koehler said. “We shot decent and we got the job done.”
Gothenburg cruised out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter and was up 24-18 at halftime.
“We ran on them most of the game,” Koehler said, “keeping up a pretty good tempo.”
At the same time, the coach said 6-6 Logan Koehler did a good job of keeping Southern Valley’s 6-foot-9 Spencer Kucera in check, frustrating him all night and holding him to 10 points.
The Eagles tried to use pressure, both full and half court, to dismantle the Swedes but could not accomplish that goal.
“We did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball,” Koehler said.
At the end of the third period, Southern Valley made a three-quarter court shot to close the gap to 40-30. The Eagles hit another bucket at the final buzzer to get as close as they ever came for most of the second half.
Logan Koehler finished with 22 points and seven rebounds. Alec Foster added 12 points and Korey Ahlenstorf pulled down nine rebounds.
“We’re making strides in the right direction and we’re establishing depth,” the coach said. “That’s what we work toward every day.”