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12-20-03: Long layoff takes toll on Coldwater


MINSTER — Don Vogt had some concerns as his Coldwater team got ready to play Minster on Friday.
The Cavaliers had gone nearly two weeks without a game and the fear of rust was in the air.
The fears were realized as Minster pulled away from the Cavaliers in the second half for a 54-33 win at Minster Middle School Gymnasium. The Wildcats picked up their third straight win to go to 3-1 and 1-0 in the MAC. Coldwater evens their record at 1-1 overall and 0-1 in league play.
After making it a game for the first half, trailing 31-24 at the break, the Cavaliers managed just nine points in the second half, including just three in the third quarter.
“I’ll give (Minster) credit because they’re a good defensive team, but our offense just sputtered,” said Vogt. “We looked very out of sync. We looked like a team that’s been off for two weeks. I’m not making any excuses and the kids aren’t making any excuses.
“It’s just one of those things. I can’t explain it. ... We have kids that can shoot and kids that can post up. We just didn’t utilize either.”
Minster used a strong defensive effort to set up the offense. Minster forced 16 turnovers, 11 in the first half, to score some easy buckets.
“That’s kind of been our forte, you might say, because we haven’t been consistent offensively,” said Minster coach Mike Lee. “We put more points on the board tonight than we had in the first three games, which is good to see. It wasn’t a thing of beauty but hopefully it gets better.”
“It just put us behind the eight-ball early,” said Vogt. “When the score stayed within eight or 10, that’s when we started taking care of the ball.”
The Wildcats also took care of the ball, turning the ball over just 11 times, with a number of them coming with the game well in hand.”
“In terms of preparation, (Coldwater) is very athletic. They’re only going to get better as the season rolls along,” said Lee. “Playing St. Marys last week gave us an indication of the quickness that we were going to see. It’s a credit to our guards, they handled the pressure pretty much all night.”
Minster began its push ahead in the second half when Coldwater was unable to score until the 3:33 mark when Alex Hoyng hit a jumper. Afterwards, a Chad Miller free throw was all the Cavaliers could score in the third period. In all, the Cavaliers went for over a five-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters before getting back on the board.
Dane Sommer led the Wildcats with 23 points. The junior put up plenty of shots to get his points — going 6-of-22 from the field and 3-of-11 from the three-point line — but was potent from the foul line, making 8-of-10.
“He’s our most experienced offensive player,” Lee said of Sommer. “We wanted to get him as many shots as he could.”
After Sommer, Lee got plenty of balance from his players. Josh Boeke, Alex Stricker, Tim Cordonnier and Andy Beckman each added six.
With the loss, Vogt was pleased by his team’s defense.
“I told the kids I will not fault their defensive effort tonight,” said Vogt. “They did a pretty good job after we settled down.”
Brent Robbins came off the bench to lead Coldwater with eight points while Hoyng and Jay Miller each added seven.
Coldwater heads back to The Palace tonight to face Wayne Trace. Minster takes the holidays off before hosting Newton on Dec. 27.


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