New Haven, Mo. - New Haven held off Belle late in the fourth quarter to win their season opener 48-40 led by junior guard (pictured left) Kyle Rueidger’s double-double, scoring a team high 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“Kyle did an outstanding job of controlling the boards for us on both ends of the floor,” Coach Ray Steinhoff said.
Along with Rueidger, Seth Schenck (14 points) and Alex Poggas (11 points) both scored double figures. “Last year I our kids looked at Kyle maybe to much. It was good seeing both Seth and Alex as well as Ross [Seitter] (8 points) aggressive on the offensive end.
New Haven had built a five point lead, 33-28, after three quarters. Belle began the fourth, going on a 12-7 run, led by Jesse Wilson, who scored a game high 19 points, hitting two of his five three’s and tying it up at 40.
Senior point guard Seth Schenck made a key play with under three minutes. Belle had spread out their defense when Schenck found a wide open Harley DeWalt, giving the Shamrocks a 42-40 lead.
“When they tied it at 40 I thought we did a really good job from that point, closing out the game. We made some key stops defensively, rebounded the ball, and key plays on the offensive end. Seth’s great pass to Harley was huge,” Steinhoff said.
With no depth, New Haven will have to stay out of foul trouble and play “fundamental” basketball, especially rebounding. “Last year rebounding absolutely killed us,” Steinhoff said. “We are going to have to guard and be smart on the offensive end.”
Seth Schenck makes a big steal late to pull New Haven with in two.
Last year, New Haven was out rebounded by their opponents 627-467. Tuesday night New Haven controlled the boards, out rebounding Belle 26-17. “We did rebound well and coming in from a year ago that was our biggest thing, keeping teams off the boards.”
Steinhoff said, “We expected a tough game and knew we would’ve to win a close game. I thought our kids competed hard from start to finish and really happy how we closed out the game.”
New Haven heads into the Montgomery County Tournament on Tuesday night as the number five seed to face (4) Bowling Green at 6 p.m.
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