DUQUOIN – Four Vandals were given tournament awards on Saturday following the conclusion of the DuQuoin Tip-Off Classic.
Seniors Chase Woolsey and Tim Ritchey, and junior Colton Woolsey were selected to the All-Tournament team, and senior Leyton Godoyo received the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award.
It is the second straight season that Vandalia has earned those same awards.
“They are very deserving,” said coach Brian Buscher said.
Chase Woolsey was strong in the paint for the Vandals, posting a double-double against Cairo in a 62-56 win last Friday, and he had eight points and seven rebounds against DuQuoin in Saturday’s 56-53 loss.
Ritchey was a consistent scorer, scoring eight, nine and 10 points in the three games of the tournament, while also being relied on to break through defensive pressure at the point guard position.
Colton Woolsey was also a strong threat in the post, scoring 13 points in last Wednesday’s 50-43 loss to Flora and 14 against Cairo.
Last season, Godoyo was named All-Tournament, along with then-seniors Bryan Hosick (MVP) and Quenten Austin.
Godoyo was far from prolific in terms of scoring (five points per game), but he was typically tasked with defending the best opposing player, while also being guarded by one of the best opposing players.
But no one ever saw Godoyo complain about that scenario, and that helped him follow Dathan Berning, who won the same award last season.
“You wouldn’t get it if you were doing things wrong, or if your guys were playing like idiots,” Buscher said. “Sportsmanship is a big part of it, even if you lose.”
A close fifth
Senior Michael Wells arguably also should have been included on the All-Tournament team.
Wells led the Vandals in scoring with 11.7 points per game and added a season-high nine rebounds against DuQuoin.
Most of his damage was done in the final game of the tournament, however, when he also had a season-high for scoring, with 14 points. Votes were tabulated prior to the conclusion of that game.
“I thought Michael Wells played just as well as those guys,” Buscher said. “Not to take anything away from them, but he is playing great right now.”
At 9.75 points per game, he leads the Vandals in scoring for the season.
Crashing the boards
Vandalia picked up plenty of offensive rebounds and second-chance points in the final two games of the Tip-Off Classic.
Against Cairo, the Vandals had 13 offensive rebounds for 13 points, and against DuQuoin, they grabbed 11 offensive rebounds for 13 more points.
“That is very good,” Buscher said. “We went and got some of those boards.”
More scoring opportunities are definitely out there for the Vandals this season.
Through four games, the three post players have dominated the scoring (26.25 points per game), when compared to the four guards (24.75 ppg).
“We’d like to have that guard game, but we have to do what we need to to win the ballgames,” Buscher said. “We do want to score from everywhere, though.”
The Vandals have made just nine 3-pointers on the season, and once those outside shots begin falling with more frequency, Vandalia’s offense ought to see a bump in its scoring average.