Remsen St. Mary’s fends off rival Gehlen Catholic

Thursday, February 8, 2018
(Photo Courtesy Liz Fisch) Above, Remsen St. Mary’s Brody Ricke drives into the lane against Cole Wiltgen and Brady Livermore. Ricke led the Hawks with 18 points in the game.

REMSEN — A strong first half from Class 1A No. 3 Remsen St. Mary’s was enough to come away with a win over rival Gehlen Catholic on Tuesday, January 30, as the Hawks won 58-42.

The Hawks shot well from the perimeter to start the game as they hit multiple 3-pointers in the first half. RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said that was good to see as the team hasn’t quite found their stroke from outside on a consistent basis this season.

(Photo Courtesy Liz Fisch) Above, Gehlen Catholic’s Cole Wiltgen attempts to shoot the ball as Remsen St. Mary’s Derrick Schorg and Brody Ricke block the lane and get a hand on the ball. Wiltgen topped the Jays with 13 points.

“It’s been getting better and better at practice and I knew it was going to happen sooner or later,” Ruden said. “We saw a glimpse of it tonight, but I think we’re capable of doing even more. Our shooting is starting to get better.”

Nicholas Ruden hit four shots from beyond the arc which was most on the team. He ended with 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. He also added a pair of steals and a block.

Brody Ricke hit two 3-pointers as he ended with a team-best 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. He added a trio of rebounds and assists along with two steals and a block.

While the Hawks were finding the hoop in the first half, Gehlen couldn’t keep up. The second quarter saw the team held to just four points which Gehlen Head Coach Mike Langel said was the difference in the game.

“Remsen shot the ball really well, really were just on fire,” Langel said. “Our second quarter we only scored four points. I thought offensively we just struggled in that second quarter. They were feeling it, they were playing well. They’re defense stepped up and put a lot of pressure on us. We couldn’t get overcome it in the second quarter.”

Ruden said his team’s defense has been its biggest strength this season and the second quarter was evidence of that.

“Tonight our defense in the first half was amazing, holding them to 15 points in the first half,” Ruden said. “The boys were very aggressive, communicating well and we were switching, getting up in their grill.”

The Jays outscored their opponent by two points in the second half, using a full court press that Ruden said bothered his team and forced a slew of turnovers.

“We kinda struggled with that,” Ruden said. “To tell you the truth, we’ve only seen a press a couple of times and, I don’t know why, we got rattled. We kinda went into a stall mode when we shouldn’t have. Now we’ve got something else to learn in the next couple days and we’ll take care of that.”

Langel said his team continued to battle in the second half.

“We battled the whole second half,” Langel said. “Had some momentum going and couldn’t get a big shot to drop. We could never really cut it under 10. We fought right to the end but we just can’t give them that lead.”

Cole Wiltgen led the Jays with 13 points with over half of those points coming at the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds, five steals and a pair of assists.

Brady Livermore and Bryan Nohava each ended with seven points. Livermore connected on a pair of 3-pointers while Nohava tied Wiltgen for the team-lead with seven rebounds.

Along with Ruden and Ricke, Spencer Schorg finished in double digits for the Hawks with 11 points. He also had half of the team’s 16 assists. Derrick Schorg added eight points with three assists.

RSM shot 54 percent from the field in the game while Gehlen ended with a 31 percent success rate.

The Hawks sweep the season series as the teams will not meet up for a third time in the postseason as was the case a year ago as the two schools are in separate districts and substates. The only way another rematch could occur would be if both teams made the state tournament.