Effingham Daily News
Teutopolis head coach Andy Fehrenbacher is used to getting the opposing team's best shot anytime they face the Wooden Shoes.
The Mattoon Green Wave came to JH Griffin Gymnasium Tuesday night with that idea in mind, and executed from start to finish as they upset Teutopolis 72-57.
"I've been a part of this program for 16 years, and we see that an awful lot," Fehrenbacher said. "That's a tribute to our program. Tonight, we just ran into a buzzsaw."
Teutopolis was without senior guard Cody Will, who missed the game with a bruised left collarbone, an injury he suffered in Saturday's win over Kankakee. He spent the night in street clothes on the bench with his left arm in a sling. Ryan Sandschafer started in his place.
The Wooden Shoes bested Mattoon 68-57 during December's Christmas Classic. A lot changed between then and Tuesday, starting and ending with the absence of Will, Fehrenbacher said.
"That's not an excuse as to why we lost this game, but we are a different team without him, no doubt about it," he said. "
Mattoon came out on fire, nailing back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Pilson and Travis Kittell. From there, they cut to the rim early and often, getting buckets from Kittell, Tanner Scott, and most of all, Pilson.
The senior guard had no trouble penetrating into the lane and getting his shot off, on his way to a game-high 26 points.
The way he played, and the Wave played in general, was more in tune with what Fehrenbacher was expecting from Mattoon (6-6) this season.
"Pilson had a great game, I knew he could shoot the three, but for some reason, he hadn't been looking to do it. He comes out, and sticks a three right out of the gate," he said. "When you play as well as they did offensively, that's pretty tough to stop. That's what I expected out of Mattoon this season ... it really surprised me that they were under .500 coming into this game."
Mattoon pushed its lead to 25 midway through the second quarter, and led 38-18 at the half. Teutopolis briefly cut the lead to 14 with 2:08 left in the third, before Mattoon responded and took a 58-39 lead to the fourth.
The Shoes had one last push in them, spouting off a 9-0 run behind Michael Drees, Brett Mette and Reed Hardiek, the latter hitting a 3-pointer with 4:46 that cut the lead to 62-52. But the Wave hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer on its way to a 10-0 to end any chance of a comeback.
Scott finished with 13 points for Mattoon and Kittell added 12.
Hardiek topped T-Town with 17 points and Mette scored 14 as the offense improved as the game went on.
Still, it's an adjustment period for Teutopolis (10-4) without Will, whom Fehrenbacher said will miss Friday's game at St. Joseph-Ogden. The team and doctors are waiting for the swelling to subside, and his return has no official timetable.
Until then, it's on the Shoes to march on without him.
"Just make adjustments, it's all we can do," Fehrenbacher said. "Losing this game is not going to make or break our season. It's tough to take a loss like this. But at the same time, we can reach and try and find some positives."
Mattoon 17 21 20 14 72
Teutopolis 5 13 21 18 57
Mattoon: Price 5, Vieth 8, Wetzel 2, Hutchinson 3, Kittell 12, Pilson 26, Raboin 3, T. Scott 13
Teutopolis: Drees 6, Wenthe 6, Gebben 2, Kenter 7, Hardiek 17, Thoele 2, Todd Jansen 3, Bre. Mette 14