New Haven downs Chamois in overtime 33-30

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Photos by Julie Scheer.

Austin Madden (pictured on right) comes off a screen, knocking down a jumper and two of his career high 12 points.

Hermann, Mo. – New Haven collided with the Chamois Pirates in Saturday’s third place game.  Austin Madden’s career high 12 points and a key steal late in the game led New Haven over Chamois in overtime 33-30.

The Shamrocks had possession with 55 seconds left and a tied ballgame at 26 a piece.  It was obvious New Haven was going to hold the ball for a last second shot, when Chamois's head coach, Kyle Burkett, made an unconventional move by fouling Ben Kallmeyer and sending him to the line.  This was Chamois’s ninth team foul, meaning New Haven would be in double bonus the rest of the game.  Kallmeyer made the first putting New Haven up 26-25, but missed the second.

New Haven’s defense forced Chamois to throw it out of bounds on the very next play.  The Rocks inbounded the ball to Ryan Menke, who was fouled, instead of shooting a possible one and one, he would be shooting two.

Menke made the first but missed the second and New Haven led 27-25.  With just 13 seconds left, Chamois’s Eli Strobel drove baseline, laying it in as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Ryan Menke scores two of his 11 points on the night during the first quarter.

New Haven was able to grab a quick two-point lead earlier in overtime and never looked back. 

New Haven hit four of six free throws in the extra frame giving New Haven a big win to improve their season record to 11-7.

Coach Ray Steinhoff said during our live postgame interview, “Our plan coming in was to get after them and pressure them harder, trying to get them to start their offense higher on the floor and contest things harder….as the game went we got after them harder and harder and I think that made a difference in keeping them from getting what they were wanting to do offensively.”

Lance Gerlemann was given the task of guarding Chamois 6’7” all-star center.  Early in the game Kuschel scored six points, mostly off rebounds.  However, Gerlemann became a defensive machine, holding Kuschel to just two points in the second half and only 10 points for the game.

Steinhoff said, “I thought Lance guarded him great.  He forced Kuschel into a key turnover late in the game when Austin came up with the steal.  I told our boys after the game, it was the little things they did that got us the win tonight.

Steinhoff said, “Lance guarding Kuschel is no little thing.  Lance just did a phenomenal job guarding him.  Lance was a key part of this tonight.”

New Haven will not play until Fri., Feb 3 at home against St. Clair.

QNHN will be broadcasting the rest of the Shamrocks season.