Braydon Bone picked a great time to pick up 75 percent of his scoring output Friday night.
With Effingham trailing St. Anthony 43-42 with less than 20 seconds remaining, Kevin Daugherty forced a steal, passed to Marcus Robinson, who then found a streaking Bone heading to the basket.
Bone hit the layup while drawing contact, and converted the three-point play to put his team up 45-43 with 12.9 to play. The junior point guard had just four points, but those three proved to be the winners at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.
"It's exciting, it's a real special moment," Bone said. "The guys on the team got a steal, they found me at the bottom. I happened to finish, but it was all because of the steal."
Effingham trailed 41-34 with 2:02 left after a Neil Williams layup and looked to be headed to the fifth-place game at the tournament.
Marcus Robinson hit a three, and then following a John Goeckner layup off his own missed free throw, Daugherty nailed a three of his own. Williams was immediately fouled and missed both of his free throws, and Leighton Lark had a layup with 34 seconds to cut the lead to one.
St. Anthony turned it over, but Lark was called for traveling. The Flaming Hearts nearly forced a five-second call, with one referee signaling for a turnover, until a last-second timeout by St. Anthony coach Cody Rincker nixed the turnover.
"I just talked about just finding a way," he said. "You've got to find a way to get open in those situations, you've got to find a way to keep handling the ball and hold on to it if you have to. Can't fault the boys' effort."
Still, the Hearts came through again, getting the turnover and feeding Bone for the game-winning layup. St. Anthony couldn't score, and then Marcus Robinson missed the front end of a one-and-one, only to have Daugherty steal the outlet pass to clinch the win.
The pressure came up huge for Effingham with the Hearts in a huge role, said coach Ron Reed.
"We were able to get some turnovers," he said. "We were hoping that would be a way, if we did get beat on the boards, we could offset it a bit. To their credit, they made a lot of big shots."
The game was close from the opening tip, with neither team leading by more than four points until the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands on four consecutive possessions early in the quarter, on threes by Lark and Williams and two-pointers by John Goeckner and Kennan Mahaffey.
St. Anthony began to pull away behind Williams, who had nine points of his 11 in the fourth, and looked to put the game away with 3:16 left. With his team already up two, Williams hit a dagger of a 3-pointer and was fouled, hitting the free throw for a four-point play. He'd put them up seven with 2:02 to go with a layup as well.
Reed understands that his team will be playing games like Friday's all season.
"I really think this is how the season's going to be like a lot," he said. "We're going to play a lot of tough teams. There's going to be a lot of tough ballgames."
Williams and Hoelscher each had 11 points to top the Bulldogs and tie for the game high. Goeckner each had nine for St. Anthony.
In addition Lark's game-high 11 points, Daugherty and Isaac Foreman each had seven points and Mahaffey and Robinson had six each.
The Bulldogs played their crosstown rivals as close as possible, and Rincker was happy with the effort, if not the result.
"Gameplan was just find a way," Rincker said. "Play dicsiplined, play tough, play enthusiastic and we did all those things. It's early in the season, third game, and I'm excited to see what the rest of it is going to hold for us."
St. Anthony moves to 1-2 overall and in their tournament. They play Mt. Zion at 4:30 p.m. for fifth. Charleston and Robinson play at 3 p.m., with Belleville Althoff Catholic and Mattoon playing for the title at 7:30 p.m.
Effingham is now 2-1 and takes on Breese Central at 6 p.m. for third place.
Effingham 8 8 8 21 45
St. Anthony 8 10 6 19 43
Effingham: Mahaffey (6 points); Bone (4 points); Robinson (6 points); Wohltman (4 points); Lark (11 points); Daugherty (7 points); Foreman (7 points)
St. Anthony: Williams (11 points); Jansen (2 points); Gibson (2 points); A. Gardewine (6 points); Hoelscher (11 points); Goeckner (7 points); Z. Gardewine (2 points); Rios (2 points)
Bone's bucket leads Hearts past Bulldogs
Braydon Bone picked a great time to pick up 75 percent of his scoring output Friday night.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1
Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich
A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.
Vandalia upsets second-seeded Altamont
Altamont Post 512 never got the bats going, falling to Vandalia Post 95 5-2 in their Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener Thursday night.
Altamont, coming off a trip to the state tournament last summer, was upset by Vandalia and Zach Schaal. Post 512 was the second seed in the tournament, but Schaal was up to the challenge for seventh-seeded Vandalia.
He pitched a complete game, knocking Altamont to the loser’s bracket — where they battled their way out of at last year’s district tournament to make the divisional round. Altamont scored two runs late on an error by shortstop Matt Radamachier, but those were the post’s only runs.
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