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Brookfield Central boys basketball rolls in Illinois tourney

Team wins two games by combined 144-80 score

Dec. 2, 2013

The second ranked Brookfield Central boys basketball team didn't disappoint anyone last week, as they went 2-0 in the State Farm Coventry Showcase in Peoria, Ill., by a combined score of 144-80.

On the first night the Lancers defeated Peoria Richwoods, 79-47, on Nov. 26, jumping out to 16-4 first-period lead and extended it to 43-17.

Riley LaChance had 24 points and four steals, while Elijah Goodman scored 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the attack. Brad Newman had six points and six assists, while Caleb Mortag had 12 points and three steals and Terry had three steals. Jarred Shipman had six points on two 3-pointers.

LaChance had 12 points in the first quarter and Mortag scored all his 12 points in the second period.

Richwoods had no idea how to deal with the Lancers' 1-3-1 zone defense.

"That played to our favor," Central coach Mark Adams said. "They hadn't seen it and didn't know how to play it. The next night the team we played had watched us play the night before, but still couldn't do too much with it."

Adams was pleased with his team's performance.

"We had a lot of deflections and steals and played with a ton of energy," he said. "In the first three quarters we were really solid. They didn't get a sniff. We also showed some depth, playing everyone."

In the 65-33 win over Champaign Central on Nov. 27, LaChance led the way with 30 points and Goodman had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

"Riley was scoreless in the first quarter, meaning he scored 30 points in 18 minutes because I pulled him two and a half minutes into the fourth quarter," Adams said. "Goodman had seven points in the first quarter and seven in the third."

Central led 28-17 at halftime and and then blew away Champaign Central, 37-16, in the second half. Champaign was more talented than Richwoods, but an adjustment to the 1-3-1 suggested by Mortag led to a 14-2 run to close out the second quarter.

Adams praised Luke Rasmussen, Max Wojcik, who never played varsity before, Drew Peeterson and Zach Tichelaar in particular.

"They each didn't miss a beat. You could see they had confidence," he said.

LaChance was the MVP in the first game and then he and Goodman were co-MVPs in the second game, the first time there were co-MVPs from the same team.

Adams was happy he had a chance to play everyone and having to stay there for two days there was plenty of bonding with the players.

"Our players got along well. It was a pleasure to see that," he said. "We'd come and go and all of them were there waiting at the correct time. It made the trip that much more an enjoyable."

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