In the first inaugural Steve Schmidt Classic the Chargers took on familiar foe Goodrich High School. Just last March the Chargers beat Goodrich to advance to the district finals before beating Lake Fenton to win the district championship. Payback was on the minds of the Martians early.
Goodrich jumped out to an early lead led by super sophomore Tyson Davis. After his 3 point play the Martians were ahead 9-2. The Chargers stormed back and after a Jesse Carpenter assist to Tommy Hagerman the Chargers led 12-11 to end the 1st quarter. In the second quarter the Chargers took control with their pressure defense. Powers Catholic forced the Martians to 12 first half turnovers and led by as many as 5 points. Sophomore Owen Lobsinger couldn’t find his touch in the first half and neither could the other Chargers. The Chargers shot 32% from the field in the half. Goodrich outscored the Chargers 15-14 in the quarter which left the score tied at 26 at halftime.
In the Second Half the Chargers scored the first five points and looked to take control (Malenich 3 & Feick layup). Goodrich would counter with baskets by Davis, Waterworth and Veenhuis. A steal by Redds and layup by Lobsinger assisted from Redds tied the score at 40. Goodrich would make 1 of 2 free throws to lead 41-40 to end the third quarter. The Martians scored the first 7 points of the quarter to take a 48-40 lead early in the 4th quarter. The Chargers would answer with a 6-0 run of their own (Phillpotts 4, Redds 2) to cut the lead 48-46. Down the stretch the Martians capitalized on the Chargers errors and made their free throws to seal the win. Final score Goodrich 61 Power Catholic 53.
Owen Lobsinger had 24 points and 13 rebs and 3 steals on a abysmal shooting day. Phillpotts had 6 points and was plagued by foul trouble. Hagerman chipped in with 6 points, Seay had 6 assist and Redds had 7 deflections. Tyson Davis led Goodrich with 23 points. The Chargers shot a woeful 29% from the field in the contest. The Chargers are off for the break but return with a busy week of basketball taking on Grand Blanc Friday January 4 at 7:00 PM & January 5 playing Detroit Fredrick Douglass at 4:00 PM in the Gottagetit Classic which is at Grand Blanc High School.