Seth Schenck drains one of his two three pointers in Saturday's third place game against Hermann.
By Kyle Quick
--New Haven grabbed two big wins this weekend in less than a 24 hour stretch after going six days without playing thanks to the winter weather.
Friday night New Haven picked up their first conference win on the road defeating Union 52-49 in double overtime then turned right around on Saturday to beat Hermann in the third place game of the Hermann Tournament in another tight game 56-51.
Kyle Ruediger and Seth Schenck led New Haven in scoring with Ruediger scoring 20 points Friday night followed by a repeat performance against Hermann with a game high 24 points. Schenck was perfect from inside the arc against Union (4-4) as he put up a season high 18 points and then scored 16 on Hermann.
With back to back wins New Haven improves to 15-4, 1-1, and more wins than all of last year’s team who finished 12-14.
Most nights New Haven only plays six players and after playing 40 minutes the night before there was some concern on the part of Coach Ray Steinhoff going into Saturday’s game.
“Friday night our kids put out a lot of energy. We had four guys who played all 40 minutes that night and we pressed full court for about 24 minutes. Our kids just put out a lot of energy to pick up a big conference win”, Steinhoff said. “And then the same kids come back the next night and play the same way says a lot.”
New Haven got off to a slow start in the first half while Hermann came out on fire, going 6-8 from behind the arc taking a 27-23 halftime lead, but would go just 1-16 in the second half.
The biggest difference was New Haven shot 51% from the field while Hermann went from hot to cold in the second half, overall shooting just 37%.
Kyle Ruediger drives baseline, scoring two of his game high 20 points against Union.
Hermann clung to a two point lead after three quarters 39-37. After taking just their second lead of the night at the 3:33 mark in the fourth 45-43, New Haven extended their lead to four (51-47) with one minute remaining.
But a bad pass by Ruediger was picked off by Craig Winkelmann to make it a one possession game. Hermann quickly fouled on the inbound, sending Schenck to the line with 48 seconds.
Schenck hit both free throws, 53-49, to keep it a two possession game. On the ensuing play New Haven made a key defensive stop as Schenck forced Winkelmann to take a tough three pointer. The Shamrocks would hit three of their next four free throws to move past 56-51 and third place in the Hermann Tournament.
“I thought a little bit early on Saturday we were sluggish but as the game went we going better and better. I give our boys a lot of credit, two tough games over the weekend and two good wins”, said Steinhoff.
Union game summary
It was only fitting that Friday night’s game went into at least one overtime after Union hit a three at New Haven last year to force an extra four minutes where the Shamrocks went onto to win 52-50.
New Haven Coach Ray Steinhoff said, “In the first half we came out a little sluggish and didn’t do a good job of keeping them off the boards or defending their big kid (6’9” Brian Borgmann) in the post.”
New Haven would trail by as much as nine points and ended the half trailing 27-21 and after leading by one at the 2:11 mark of the first quarter New Haven never led until the second overtime.
Early in the third quarter Union suffered a big blow after New Haven’s Ross Seitter took an elbow to the head that send him to the floor from Union’s leading scorer (18 pts/gm) Nick Ziegler who was called for a flagrant foul and ejected from the game.
Pictured right: Is the flagrant foul called on Nick Ziegler when he elbowed Ross Seitter.
However New Haven went ice cold, missing six straight field goals and scoring just one point in the first seven minutes before Ruediger ended the Shamrock drought off a put-back to pull New Haven within seven. (33-26)
Union would hit one of two free throws (34-26) before Schenck ended the third quarter with a three, which would spark a New Haven comeback. (34-29)
Schenck started the fourth quarter with a second straight three pulling New Haven within two (34-32) before Union would regain the lead, scoring two of their four points of the quarter at the two minute mark. (36-34)
New Haven sophomore Jared Horstmann would score his first two career points at the varsity level, which proved to be two big points.
Late in the fourth and New Haven trailing by two Horstman hit two huge free throws to tie things up 36-36 with 1:43 left in regulation.
“It was Jared’s first varsity action and did a good job. He came off the bench into a tight game and a tough situation, stepped up and hit two big free throws for us.”
After Union’s Andrei Ciot scored on an easy layup Rueidger would hit a turnaround jumper with 42 seconds left forcing what would be one of two overtimes. (38-38)
In the first overtime New Haven led by one with just under a minute remaining when Union’s Dillion Breeden hit two free throws and giving Union a 42-41 lead.
Ruediger’s pull-up jumper in the lane with 10 seconds left in the first overtime put New Haven on top 43-42 but on the ensuing play Breeden would be fouled on the shot and go to the line to shoot two with 3.2 seconds remaining.
Breeden made the first but missed the second sending the game in double overtime, 43-43.
In the second overtime Union jumped out to a 47-45 lead when Ross Seitter drained a three from the top of the key in what would be the game winner (48-47) as New Haven hit their free throws down the stretch to win 52-49.
“Down the stretch our kids locked in on them pretty good defending had some guys really step up and make some nice plays”, Steinhoff said. “Seth and Kyle both had nice ball games and Ross was constantly making plays either forcing steals or making nice assist passes.”
“It was a good win. You can throw records out the window. They mean very little anytime your playing a conference team especially on the road.”
The three pointer Seitter hit was his only field goal in the game, adding two free throws to finish with five points. Seitter always seems to make plays that turn into points either by forcing a turnover or making a good pass.
Seitter finished the night with a game high 6 assist, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds while committing just one turnover.
Tuesday night New Haven makes the long haul to Sullivan who is currently 2-0 in conference and 16-4 overall. Note: Game time will be at 5:30 p.m.