VANDALIA — Schuette and Derek Jahraus were having a few physical exchanges and one in particular caught an officials' eye. Jahraus hit a pair of free throws to push AltamontÕs lead back out to seven, and the Indians never looked back.
"That last foul was absolutely ridiculous," Tovey said of Schuette's fifth infraction. ÒHe might as well have went over to the referee and said, "You might as well blow your whistle, because I'm gonna foul this guy." It was a retaliation-type thing. But when you're the top scorer on a team, you've got to keep yourself on the floor and not go and try to retaliate."
Schuette finished with 19 points, but just three came in the second half. Niebrugge gave a lot of credit to guard Logan Hill.
"That's probably the best defensive stopper we've had this year. He did a heck of a job."
The Bulldogs had no such luck slowing down Ziegler, who finished 10-for-18 from the field.
"He was hard to locate and he's a very good player," Tovey said.
Jon Kuhns added 13 points and six rebounds for Altamont, and he helped limit St. Anthony big man John Goeckner. Goeckner finished with 14 points and six rebounds, but the Bulldogs struggled getting him the ball.
"They used a second defensive post player almost every time he was on the low block," Tovey said. "We've got to be more selective when we try to get the ball into him and our other post players."
Alex Hoelscher pulled down 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs, helping St. Anthony to a 29-23 advantage on the glass, but ToveyÕs team fell to 0-4 in the tournament.
"It was a matter of inconsistency again," Tovey said. "We have to take care of that. We saw some good things, then we saw some things that we've seen before that we don't like."