Goodman-Pembine captures Lena Holiday basketball title

LENA, Wis. – Goodman-Pembine bolted to a 29-9 lead in the first quarter and downed Oshkosh Valley Christian 70-36 in the boys basketball finals of the 35th Lena Holiday Tournament Saturday.

The Patriots also defeated the Warriors (1-7) in last year’s championship.

“Our guys were as ready to play as we’ve been in my two years here, and it showed in the way we started,” GP Coach Paul Whitt said. “The guys had so much energy on the bus ride, cheering on our jayvee team and during warm-ups. They were ready.

“Our defense was relentless and energetic and it provided lots of transition opportunities for us. To score 29 points in the first quarter was pretty impressive, even to me. And to back it up with a strong second quarter left me with very little to say at halftime. Perhaps a first.”

The Patriots rolled 16-7 in the second period for a 45-16 halftime cushion.

“I think I was most proud that when we took the pressure off, we still played effectively and efficiently,” Whitt said. “When we’ve slowed down in other games we’ve gotten sloppy and selfish, but I thought we finished the game with energy and focus.”

Tournament most valuable player Trent Heath garnered 21 points, five assists and three steals. Austin Glanzer added 16 points and 11 rebounds; Jacob Garrelts, 14 points and seven steals, and Alex Whitt, 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and five assists.

Glanzer and Whitt made the all-tourney team while Garrelts was honorable mention.

“Jake really got us going and played the best game of his life at both ends of the floor,” coach Whitt said. “His seven steals led to 14 points for us and energized everyone. He’s such a difference maker for us right now.

“Trent was very difficult for them to solve, and Austin was huge around the rim again. I was happy Randall got things going offensively for himself, and Alex played a complete game for us.

“Overall, this was a great experience and allowed us to work over the break instead of sitting at home eating Christmas cookies.”

The Patriots (8-1) return to Northern Lakes Conference action Tuesday, Jan. 7, hosting White Lake at Goodman.

“We have a very tough stretch of games coming up, and I’m hoping this tournament helps us prepare for that,” Whitt said. “As always, I’m very thankful to the parents, fans and so many others that make a program like this successful. We’re excited and proud, but not satisfied.”

Fond du Lac Home School Christian Athletic Association defeated Lena 55-28 in the third-place game.

In the tourney’s junior varsity finals, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy topped Goodman-Pembine 49-42.

Oshkosh VC 9 7 11 9 – 36

Good-Pem. 29 16 19 6 – 70

OSHKOSH VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Schettle 12, Dunn 12, Petersen 3, Li 2, Telford 2, Tosic 5. FT: 4-8. F: 10.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Glanzer 16, Garrelts 14, Heath 21, Bose 6, Whitt 11, Buchner 2. FT: 4-11. F: 10.

3-point FG: Heath 2, Dunn 2, Petersen, Tosic. FG shooting: OVC 14-43, GP 32-64. Rebounding: GP 37 (Glanzer 11, Whitt 9), OVC 21 (Petersen 6).