Quickness wears Swedes out
For one quarter, Gothenburg’s boys played with and even ahead of No. 2-rated Minden, matching the Whippets’ intensity for a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
When Minden flipped the power level to the next notch in the second period, though, there was little the Swedes could do as the Whippets cruised to a 68-49 victory.
“Their physical play and their up-in-your-face aggression simply wore us down,” said Gothenburg coach Roger Koehler.
At 19-1, Koehler gives Minden all of the credit.
“They’re a very good team,” the Swede coach said. “They only have one loss from early January and since then, their closest game was our 19 points.”
The entire 19-point difference, he said, came at the free throw line as Minden made 26-of-37 and Gothenburg was 7-for-17.
The Whippets used their quickness as an advantage both offensively and defensively.
Koehler said Minden’s speed and aggression defensively knocked Gothenburg out of its regular rhythm.
And offensively, Minden beat the Swedes to the basket.
“They’re so quick that you can’t get away with playing defense up in their face or you’ll get burned,” he said.
That happened enough times, Koehler said, that the Swedes became frustrated.
“I think we lost a little composure,” he said, “and we didn’t play our best game, by any means.”
Minden was up 35-21 at halftime and kept the pressure on through the second half.
Brett Dockweiler was Gothenburg’s high scorer with 16 points, 12 of which came from three pointers.
Korey Ahlensdorf contributed 11 rebounds to the cause.
Minden had three players in double figures, led by Carson Blum with 20 points.