Effingham Daily News
Tanner Traub and his Dieterich teammates came out of the halftime locker room with about three minutes left in the intermission and took some warmup shots.
The players threw up shots to get the feel for it again after the break, scrambled on their side of the floor. Noticeably, Traub walked along the 3-point line and made pretty much everything.
Into the third quarter, Dieterich started making shots like it was warmups and the Maroons grew a 12-point halftime lead to 30 points in the next 5:24 of game time.
Dieterich made six consecutive 3-pointers, including three straight by Traub, to take a 59-23 lead with 1:18 left in the third, en route to a 79-35 win.
The game was over after the third quarter, as the Maroons outscored Beecher City 30-4 in eight minutes.
“When you don't get out and contest good shooters, and you let them get going, it's a trickle down effect,” Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart said. “You have a hard time getting it stopped.”
Whether it was Traub's streak of threes or Alex Bohnhoff hitting a jumper from the side of the basket to beat the buzzer, it was clear that Dieterich was “feeling it,” Eirhart said.
Eirhart said his team was gassed in the second half, playing shorthanded without Brady Barnes or Daniel Harder in the lineup, which effected the players' ability to chase Dieterich's quick shooters.
But the Eagles hung around in the first half with the help of Adam Doty, who scored 15 points in the game.
The Eagles led 13-10 in the first quarter, with Doty scoring 12 of those points, before Dieterich finished on an 8-0 run. Devin Aherin made a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to end the quarter.
“(Beecher City) had a good game plan and got it going in the first half,” Dieterich head coach Jeff Staser said. “We got a little passive being on the outside in the first half.”
Staser said his offense operated much better in the second half, once the players started penetrating to open up 3-point shots.
All 15 of Traub's points were from beyond the arc, while Bohnhoff led the Maroons with 19 points and Aherin contributed 10.
Staser took his starters out of the game with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter, holding a 70-27 lead. The starters outscored Beecher City 37-4 in 9:35 of the second half.
Dieterich hosts Altamont at 5 p.m. today. The Indians and Maroons are the second and third seeds, respectively, in next week's National Trail Conference tournament.
Beecher City will play the second game of three straight on consecutive days against South Central at 6:15 p.m today. Thursday's loss was the Eagles' first game since Dec. 28 at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.
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Dieterich 18 15 30 16 79
Beecher City 13 8 4 10 35
Dieterich: Campton 5, Poe 3, Traub 15, Campbell 2, Mellendorf 2, Bohnhoff 19, Feldhake 8, L. Niemerg 7, Aherin 10, Lidy 2, T. Niemerg 6
Beecher City: Doty 15, Bales 10, Kenter 6, Gasperini 2, Randall 2