Effingham Daily News
With an experienced team to choose from, Teutopolis coach Andy Fehrenbacher turned to a freshman in overtime in hopes of keeping the Shoes' season alive.
Down 45-42 with about 30 seconds left, Fehrenbacher drew up a play for freshman Brett Mette in hopes of getting a quick basket.
Mette rewarded his coach's faith, as the play gave the freshman a wide open layup with contact. Mette sunk the layup, drilled the foul shot for a three-point play and the game would go to double overtime.
He wasn't done there, scoring four more in the second overtime as Teutopolis hung on to knock off Breese Central 58-53 and win the Greenville sectional title.
"It was pretty big. I was really nervous," Mette said. "Usually Kyle (Pruemer) gets plays drawn up for him, (but) I had to do it.
"I'm really excited. I was shaking really bad, and I had to calm down and come through."
The Wooden Shoes will advance to next Tuesday's Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. They will face Harrisburg, who routed Nashville 52-26 in the West Frankfort sectional final.
Fehrenbacher said he knew Mette could get the quick layup they needed, and put the ball in his hands.
"He's a pretty special player, he's been in our program since he was an itty-bitty kid," Fehrenbacher said. "We put a lot of faith in him, that's why we put him in the starting lineup. We knew he could finish around the basket."
It was a defensive struggle all night for both squads, as both schools' man-to-man defenses made their marks early.
Teutopolis controlled the game for most of regulation, however, taking a 10-7 first quarter lead and a 16-14 lead to the half with a balanced offensive effort.
Breese Central got its offense going in the third quarter, briefly taking a 28-25 lead behind a Luis Perez three and a backdoor layup by Jacob Timmermann.
But Cody Will hit a huge three to close the third, tying the game at 28-28.
Teutopolis began to pull away in the fourth as they entered the double bonus, but couldn't put away the Cougars despite making eight of 11 free throws in the frame.
Two free throws by Derek Smith put Teutopolis up 40-37 with a minute to play, but Perez hit a dagger from three-point range to tie the game with 38 seconds left. Devin Falbe's jumper at the buzzer was no good, sending the game to overtime.
Timmermann connected on a three-point play and fouled out Jared Waldhoff in the process. The teams traded free throws, setting up Mette's huge play in the waning moments.
Luke Jackson had a look at the buzzer to win the game for BC, but his 3-pointer was no good.
The Shoes grabbed a five-point lead behind a free throw by Pruemer, two by Will and a Mette layup, and led 52-47 after Mette's second of double overtime.
Timmermann hit a three, only to have Falbe get an uncontested layup to run the lead to 54-50. Pruemer hit two free throws, but the Cougars continued to hang around after a Greg Meyer three with 10.4 seconds.
Falbe iced the game at the line, however, and Breese Central wouldn't score again.
The Wooden Shoes win their 20th straight game, and beat BC for the second time in three tries this season.
"Both teams laid everything on the line," Ferhenbacher said. "Their kids, they played to the end and they weren't going to go down without a fight. Our kids, they rose to the occasion too."
Smith led Teutopolis with 15 points. Will scored 13 of his own, and Pruemer scored nine.
Teutopolis is one of the final eight teams in the state, and hope to advance to the state tournament after back-to-back one-point losses in the Super-Sectional round.
Teutopolis 58, Breese Central 53 (F/2OT)
BC 7 7 8 18 5 8 -- 53
T-Town 10 6 8 16 5 13 -- 58
No box score was made available.