Effingham Daily News
Dieterich started a 22-point third quarter on a 14-4 run to take a two-point lead and didn't look back, in the Movin' Maroons 63-54 win on Monday.
Cumberland's Houston Napier scored four consecutive points to regain a 33-31 lead in the third quarter, but Tanner Traub answered with two 3-pointers that gave Dieterich a four-point lead.
In the fourth quarter, Cumberland lost composure against Dieterich's press, leading to a 48-40 Maroons lead; however, the Pirates wouldn't go away. Trevor Beard made two unanswered 3-pointers to bring the Pirates back into the game.
Alex Bohnhoff's 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter capped off a five-point run when Cumberland only trailed by two points. His three gave the Maroons a 55-48 lead, which Cumberland couldn't come back from in the loss.
“We found a way to win,” Dieterich head coach Jeff Staser said. “When we needed it, it seemed like somebody stepped up and hit a big shot.”
Dieterich's full-court pressure caused problems for Cumberland. The Pirates turned the ball over in the fourth quarter, which hadn't happened during most of the first half when they lead 25-17 at halftime.
“We're fine at the beginning of the game and then at the end I don't know what it is,” Cumberland head coach Justin Roedl said. “(The press) is nothing we shouldn't have been ready for.”
Napier largely led the Pirates to its first half lead, which was one point after the first quarter and extended to eight points by halftime. He made three 3-pointers in the first quarter, as a part of a 22-point night.
However, Traub and Bohnhoff came alive in the second half as smaller guards against bigger defenders on Cumberland's side.
“Could you tell that they play football and we don't?” Staser said. “They're big kids.”
Dieterich's guard duo combined for 34 points, 17 apiece in the game. Traub scored 12 of his points in the second half. Bohnhoff scored all but one of his points during the second-half comeback.
“We've got really excellent guards,” Staser said. “Everything takes off from there.”
Dieterich jumped on Cumberland for 46 points in the second half, compared to only 17 in the first half. The Maroons outscored the Pirates 46-29 in the second half.
The Maroons move to 1-0 this season and pick up a win in the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament. They play Chrisman at 7:30 p.m. today, while the 0-1 Pirates play Palestine-Hutsonville at 6 p.m. today.
Neoga vs. Martinsville
A frustrated Martinsville player threw the ball to the ground, with four minutes left in the Blue Streaks' 48-point drubbing at the hands of Neoga on Monday, and the referees whistled him for a technical foul.
It was that kind of night. Neoga scored 43 of its 59 points in the first two quarters, letting its starters watch the game from the sideline for the majority of the second half — all of the fourth quarter.
Martinsville started four freshmen and one junior and head coach Justin Parcel said nerves overwhelmed them, only scoring twice in the first half.
“My freshmen were so nervous, I don't think they remembered which way they were going most of the time,” Parcel said. “It was ugly tonight.”
Neoga started the game quickly and didn't stop, turning a 4-3 lead into a 36-3 lead before the Blue Streaks made their second shot of the game with 2:30 left in the second quarter.
The Indians pressure defense led to opportunities on the offense end for fastbreak points after turnovers. Neoga swarmed Martinsville ball handlers after crossing halfcourt and forced them to pick up their dribble without an outlet for a pass.
“That created a lot of early offense for us,” Neoga head coach Bob Lockart said. “Physically, we were a more athletic team, so we were able to do some things, especially early to get the big lead.”
Jake Baker led the Indians with 16 points, while Wyatt Krikie finished with 13. Ten different players scored for the Indians, in their 59-11 win.
The win brings Neoga to 1-0 this season and gets them a win in the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament. The Indians play Newton, who also won Monday, at 7:30 p.m. today. Martinsville will play Oblong at 6 p.m. today in Cumberland.
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Cumberland 11 14 12 17 54
Dieterich 10 7 22 24 63
Cumberland: Beard 11, Swingler 2, McMechan 8, Napier 22, Shaon 6, Cutts 5
Dieterich: Traub 17, Campbell 2, Bohnhoff 17, Feldhake 10, Aherin 12, Niemerg 5
Neoga 22 21 11 5 59
Martinsville 3 2 2 4 11
Neoga: Moore 7, Baker 16, Krikie 13, Aleshire 2, Cole 2, Kersey 8, Atwell 2, Baker 2, Rankin 2, Kersey 1