Tanner Traub's numbers added up in a flash.
The Dieterich guard scored 14 points during a 25-point first quarter for the Movin' Maroons on Thursday at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.
The Maroons won the tournament's opening game 67-57, behind Traub's 24 points, over Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran, before beating North Clay Thursday evening, 67-31.
Dieterich made 10 3-pointers against Christ Our Rock Lutheran, including six from Traub, who only made three shots inside of the three-point line.
“He was hot,” Dieterich head coach Jeff Staser said. “First game back after Christmas, you hope they haven't had too much sweets.”
Staser said Traub is shooting better than 45 percent from beyond the arc this season, so his guard's performance didn't surprise him.
He was on a roll. He made four 3-pointers in the first quarter, including a last-second heave as time expired in the first quarter. Then, he made the first shot of the second quarter — another 3-pointer.
After following up his 14-point first quarter performance with five more in the second, Staser said Christ Our Rock Lutheran adjusted its defense to limit him.
“They went to a box-and-one on him and decided he wasn't going to beat them,” Staser said. “We have other kids that can score, it's just a matter of making shots.”
Alex Bohnhoff added 12 points for the Maroons, while Lance Niemerg scored nine, but Traub's 24 was more than enough to put Dieterich in a position to win the game.
The Maroons led by more than 20 points when Staser sent mass substitutes into the game with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. Admittedly, Staser spaced out.
Christ Our Rock Lutheran found itself trailing by only seven points with 1:34 left in the game, led by Leo Bowen's 19 points and Caleb Boehne's 14.
Staser said he just wanted to get subs some playing time, being that the Maroons were preparing to play one more game later in the day.
“You think the coach would've been more aware of what was going on, but I didn't realize it went that quickly,” Staser said.
Faster than Dieterich jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, Christ Our Rock Lutheran shrunk the Maroons' lead to 62-55 late in the fourth quarter.
Staser called a timeout to swap out the backups for his starters and Dieterich finished the game by scoring five of the last seven points.
“It's all good,” Staser said. “All good.”
The Maroons only made half of the 3-pointers against North Clay, but scored the same amount of points. They beat North Clay 67-31 to round out their day.
Traub scored 12 points, while Nick Feldhake and Devin Aherin led the Maroons with 13 points apiece. Bohnhoff also scored 10 points.
Dieterich plays the last game of the day on Friday, playing Arcola at 7 p.m.
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Dieterich 25 13 11 18 67
Christ Our Rock Lutheran 6 14 14 23 57
Dieterich: Poe 3, Traub 24, Mellendorf 2, Bohnhoff 12, Gephart 3, Feldhake 3, L Niemerg 9, Aherin 4, T Niemerg 7
CORL: Kroeger 4, Krenz 9, Hine 3, Palm 2, Bowen 19, Boehne 14, Grote 5, Sparks 1
Dieterich 23 21 15 8 67
North Clay 6 13 9 3 31
Dieterich: Poe 1, Traub 12, Bohnhoff 10, Feldhake 13, L. Niemerg 8, Aherin 13, Heuerman 2, T. Niemerg 8
North Clay: Ko. VanDyke 6, Rubsam 2, Young 5, Britton 3, Kl. VanDyke 1, Walker 4, Rinehart 4, Halterman 4
Tanner Traub's numbers added up in a flash.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
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Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
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Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
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To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
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TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
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Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
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