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.
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