TEUTOPOLIS -- The Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic almost got off to a good start for the Charleston boys’ basketball team.
Even though Charleston was down by double-digits right away against Teutopolis, a 13-4 run to start the second quarter got the Trojans within two points.
The Wooden Shoes were once again up by double digits, this time in the fourth quarter with a 63-50 lead. Charleston had an answer again, this time a 9-0 run to make it a four-point contest.
But Teutopolis had enough of an answer and held on to beat Charleston 68-60.
“We had good effort. We played hard defensively, but we got beat up on the boards and we missed some easy layups, about four or five of them. You make those layups, you win the game,” Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said. “But the offensive rebounding for (Teutopolis) is what got us and we were outsized at every position and that’s where you have to dig deep, be a little tougher and try and get those boards.”
Mayhall wasn’t as happy with the second game against Chicago Brooks. The Trojans had a good second quarter, but didn’t build on it as Brooks lead for a good amount of the second half and held on for a 49-43 win.
“Lack of mental toughness, especially that second game,” Mayhall said. “I am very disappointed with them as far as that goes.”
Charleston had a 9-8 lead with 2:47 left in the first quarter against Teutopolis when the Wooden Shoes went on a 12-0 run for a 20-9 lead.
But the Trojans came right back with a 13-4 run to make it 24-22 in the second quarter
Mayhall said he was happy to see his team battle back early.
“This is a tough place to play on their home court. I challenged them at the end of the first quarter to get four or six points real quick and try and go on a run,” Mayhall said. “We did that and the kids responded every time I challenged them. It’s the little things, the offensive rebounds for (Teutopolis) and when you miss out on those, that’s what gets you.”
Teutopolis got a layup and two free throws from Eric Kremer for six point lead and a three at the buzzer by Lee Hardiek gave the Wooden Shoes a 37-27 halftime lead.
Charleston made it a six point game at 43-37 and were down 57-50 going into the fourth quarter.
Teutopolis opened with a 6-0 lead to go up 63-50 when Darrell Phillips made a bucket to spark a 9-0 run. Phillips had six points during the run to get Charleston withion 63-59 with 3:24 left.
Phillips finished with 27 points.
“It’s nice to Darrell get going again. He’s been a little quiet. Some teams have been keying on him, which I would, too,” Mayhall said. “I saw a little bit of swagger from Darrell today. There’s a few times he doesn’t things what he wants to do and he kind of shuts down a little bit, not because he isn’t being a good teammate but because he wants to lead this team. I saw that out of him today and he did some great things.”
Teutopolis held Charleston to one more points and made just enough free throws to hold on for the 68-60 win.
Caleb Hurst scored 10 points for Charleston in the loss.
Teutopolis finished with 37 rebounds compared to 19 for the Trojans. The Wooden Shoes had 13 offensive rebounds.
“I know every game going into it, we are outsized,” Mayhall said. “That’s where they have to dig deep and be a little tougher.”
Charleston fell behind 7-2 in the second game against Chicago Brooks when the Trojans went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-7 lead.
The game was tied at 10-10 going into the second quarter when the Trojans went on a 13-6 run for a 23-16 lead. Charleston went into halftime with a 25-19 advantage.
Brooks retook the lead in the third quarter with an 11-2 run to go up 32-31. The Trojans got a three from Caleb Hurst and a layup by Phillips to go up 36-32.
Brooks held Charleston scoreless for the final 3:25 of the quarter and went on a 5-0 run to go up 37-36.
“They put pressure on us and we didn’t decide to handle it,” Mayhall said. “We decided to throw it through hands and not be strong with the ball.”
Brooks was up 43-40 lead when Reid Littleford hit a 3-pointer to tie the gamer with 1:48 left. Brooks came back with a layup by Semaj Malone and the Trojans missed a runner that would’ve tied the game.
Then Charleston mishandled a rebound and Brooks made a free throw to make it a three-point game.
Brooks held on for the 49-43 win.
Hurst had 12 points in the loss and Phillips had 10.