Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
His “gut feeling” was that his team wouldn’t play well and he was right. He said the Eagles didn’t come to play in Saturday’s consolation championship of the National Trail Conference tournament. St. Elmo/Brownstown did, though, and got to leave Altamont winners on Saturday, 63-37.
S/EB head coach Greg Feezel said the second game on Saturday wasn’t necessarily the one he’d like to be playing in — referencing the later third- and first-place games — but he’ll take it.
“You’d like to play in these other ball games, but from the way we started against Neoga (on Tuesday), this helps,” Feezel said. “The boys will leave here and can relax this weekend.”
The Eagles built a lead quickly on Beecher City, building on a 15-8 lead with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. They led by 17 points at halftime.
Beecher City came off of a close victory over Stew-Stras Friday night to play Saturday morning, but Eirhart said he wasn’t sure why his team didn’t play well.
“We didn’t get it done,” Eirhart said. “We weren’t ready.”
S/EB came out in the third quarter and built the lead even more, starting the half on a 6-2 run and ending the quarter with a 21-point lead.
Jacob Behrends scored his 1,000th career point in the first minute of the fourth quarter, about three minutes before he fouled out of the game.
Behrends became the second Eagles player to reach the milestone at the NTC tournament, joining teammate Levi Maxey.
Maxey reached the milestone in the Eagles’ win over Windsor on Thursday, while Behrends toughed it out on Saturday. He left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face, drawing blood.
“I thought, ‘This is a rough way to get your thousand points,’” Feezel said. “I’m proud of him for it.”
Landon Feezel made a 3-pointer with 5:21 left in the game to give the Eagles a 30-point lead, 57-25.
Eirhart said his team let opportunities go by turning the ball over “20 or 25 times” in the game, many in the second half.
He said that often results in 20- to 25-point losses like it did on Saturday, losing by 26 points.
“That’s got to stop,” Eirhart said. “Guys are either going to start doing it or I’m going to start playing other guys. I told them they’re lucky that it’s probably better they don’t have to practice (Monday and Tuesday).”
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Beecher City 8 10 7 12 37
St. Elmo/Brownstown 15 20 11 17 63
BC: Gardner 6, Giles 3, Doty 5, Bales 4, Lagerhausen 6, Rexroad 8, Kenter 4, Shelton 1
SE/B: Miller 2, M. Maxey 12, L. Maxey 21, Behrends 8, Smithson 6, Feezel 10, Hardimon 3
Behrends hits 1,000 points
Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
Teutopolis advances to 4th straight Super-Sectional
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
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With just more than 12 minutes left, Dieterich's offense was scuffling and the Movin' Maroons trailed St. Anthony by 11, 34-23.
Then Alex Bohnhoff kick started the Maroons' offense with a pair of 3-pointers, and Dieterich completed a big comeback to down their NTC rivals 58-51 and win its first-ever sectional title
Zerrusen reflects on 1K milestone, career
Josie Zerrusen used to be a handful for her Effingham coaches, but turned into a headache for opponents by the end her senior season.
Zerrusen, the only one of four Hearts seniors to reach 1,000 points in her career this season, was preoccupied with scoring points as a sophomore on a 20-10 team in 2012.
But the Hearts improved as Zerrusen matured, recording 54 wins in the last two seasons, including a school-record 28 this season and a regional championship. Zerrusen grew up by changing her attitude and refusing to take summers off.
All-NTC showdown set at sectionals
At least one area team will play Monday at Southern Illinois University for Super-Sectionals. Teutopolis is looking to make it two.
Tonight will mark the end of the road for either St. Anthony (22-10) or Dieterich (22-8), as the NTC rivals clash for the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship. A win would be Dieterich’s first-ever sectional crown, and it would be the first for St. Anthony since 2001.
Teutopolis (20-9) is looking to advance to the Super-Sectional round for the fourth-straight season and is playing for a sectional title for the fifth-straight year. The Wooden Shoes take on Greenville for the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional title.
Olney ends Effingham's season
Effingham battled offensive woes in waves this season and found ways to win almost 80 percent of the time, but not on Wednesday.
Olney, one of the Hearts' 20 victims this year, ended Effingham's season with a 35-32 win in the Salem Regional, surviving a poor shooting night as well.
Dieterich advances in convincing fashion
The Dieterich Movin' Maroons used a January loss to Patoka to motivate themselves Wednesday night at the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional.
It was more successful than they ever could have hoped for, as Dieterich stomped the Patoka Warriors 61-39 and advanced to Friday's sectional final against St. Anthony.
St. Anthony edges Oblong 72-69
BRIDGEPORT — A rare miss by Oblong’s Koert Mehler made the most noise.
Mehler heaved a 75-foot, full-court shot that barely rimmed out to send the game to overtime; instead, St. Anthony (22-10) survived 72-69 to advance to Friday’s Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship.
Mette leads Wooden Shoes past Breese Central
Breese Central simply has to be getting sick of the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Teutopolis moved to 4-1 in its last five games against Breese Central, and knocked out the Cougars at sectionals for the second straight year with a 63-40 win Tuesday night at the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Shoes ended Breese Central’s season in girls basketball last week as well.
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