TEUTOPOLIS -- It’s been the same story for Mattoon in their losses. The offense doesn’t flow right, too many turnovers and then the team doesn’t rebound as well as it needs to.
Those problems continued to haunt Mattoon against Teutopolis on Tuesday. The Green Wave didn’t shoot well in the first half, turned the ball over too many times in the third quarter and didn’t rebound well the whole game.
That allowed Teutopolis to jump out to an early lead and the Wooden Shoes cruised to a 59-39 win.
Mattoon finished with only 39 points, 14 turnovers and was outrebounded 37 to 23.
“We talked about the keys to the game before, knock down shots, rebound and take care of the basketball and didn’t do two things very well and the third one was average at best,” Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “It’s kind of the same story we’ve had several times since Christmas break. We have to learn from our mistakes and fix them and move on and learn from them.
“It’s like Groundhog Day, we just keep making the same mistake over and over again and we keep calling timeouts for the same things and we aren’t making many adjustments, which is frustrating.”
Jacob Spitz finished with 12 points for Mattoon and Jadyn Princko had 10. Clint Weber had a game-high 14 points for Teutopolis and Dawson Smith and Lee Hardiek each had 10 points.
Mattoon fell to 9-14 with the loss and Teutopolis improved to 18-8.
The Wooden Shoes grabbed a quick 6-1 lead with three free throws and a three-pointer. Mattoon got its first field goal at the 5:20 mark from Deandre Thomas to make it 6-3, but he picked up his second foul with 4:29 left in the first quarter and sat for the rest of the half.
Teutopolis took advantage as forward Ryan Weber scored three layups and Lee Hardiek hit a three-pointer as the Wooden Shoes went into the second quarter with a 15-5 lead.
“Anytime your big guy gets two fouls early in the game, you are in trouble,” Ghere said. “That’s become a common theme lately as well. He’s on the bench with foul trouble a lot and we have to have some other bigs step in. After him, we don’t have that true center to fill in that spot and it puts us behind the eight-ball there.”
Teutopolis didn’t slow down in the second quarter and went on a 10-3 run to go up 25-8. Teutopolis went into halftime with a 31-14 lead.
“I thought we had good looks, we just couldn’t knock down shots in the first half,” Ghere said. “You dig yourself a hole, especially against a team like T-Town and it’s an uphill battle the whole way. We couldn’t get over the hump after that.”
Mattoon had turnover problems to begin the third quarter. After turning over the ball only five times in the first half, the Green Wave had five turnovers by the 3:23 mark of the third quarter as Teutopolis doubled-up Mattoon 38-19 to that point.
“I know we didn’t have a lot of turnovers, but the turnovers we had were unforced,” Ghere said. “We start three different quarters with the ball and don’t even get a shot. It’s hard to get some momentum there.”
Mattoon had six turnovers in the third quarter and Teutopolis went into the fourth with a 45-26 lead.
The Green Wave got a few jumpers to fall in the fourth and had its best offensive quarter with 13 points, but Teutopolis still had a commanding lead and went on to win 59-39.
“The kids battle, compete and play hard,” Ghere said. “We just make too many mistakes to win.”
Teutopolis won the junior varsity game 65-45. Dalton Compton and Lane Roley each had 11 points for Mattoon.