Bluebird boys are 1-3 on the week
By DELBERT PETERS
Goessel High School boys' basketball team lost two of three games this past week.
The Bluebirds defeated Argonia Jan. 28, lost to Berean Jan. 29, and fell Friday to Inman by one.
"We took better care of the ball in the second quarter," GHS head coach Justin Coup said after defeating Argonia 56-49.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 19-7 lead, intercepting Bluebird passes and scoring on transition baskets.
From that point on, the Bluebirds were aggressive on offense as Craig Banman scored eight points in the first half and seven in the second half.
When Banman didn't have an open look at the basket, his passes often found someone who did.
Goessel trailed at halftime 29-27 but the Bluebirds were the aggressors in the third period, grabbing the lead for good with a 9-2 run.
Argonia contested the ball at halfcourt in the final frame, but the Bluebirds were open around the basket for some easy points.
Leading the balanced scoring for the Bluebirds were Banman 15, Nathan Ensz 14, Austin Unruh 12, Kendall Voth six, Weston Hiebert six, and Kurtis Duerksen three.
Berean 50, Goessel 37
It was a tightly contested game Jan. 29 as two Heart of America teams battled it out at Berean.
Goessel led by a few points early in the game but the Warriors nibbled away at the deficit.
Berean held the Bluebirds to seven fourth-quarter points as they went on to win by 13.
Unruh was the only Bluebird in double figures with 10 points.
Kendall Voth hit eight, Ensz seven, Banman four, Cameron Voth three, Seth Ott three, and Hiebert two.
Inman 45 Goessel 44
Goessel had the last shot at the basket Friday, but it wouldn't go in as Inman held on to win 45-44.
Goessel hit a surge just before halftime to go ahead at the break, but the Teutons tied the game by the end of the third period.
The Bluebirds kept striking back in the fourth quarter, but came up just a little short.
Ensz reached double digits with 10 points, Banman and Unruh each had eight, Cameron Voth six, Kendall Voth five, Ott three, and Duerksen two.
The loss puts the Bluebirds' league record at 3-4 and their overall record at 9-6.
Goessel will have three games this week. A home match-up Tuesday will be followed by a home game Thursday with Flint Hills, and Friday is at Remington.
The regular season will end next week with home games against Ell Saline and Canton-Galva.