ALTAMONT — Not turning over the ball seemed to be the main reason Effingham St. Anthony and Neoga claimed victories at the 75th National Trail Conference Boys Basketball Tournament Wednesday evening.

St. Anthony handed Brownstown an 88-42 defeat, while coughing up the ball only seven times compared to 21 for the Bombers.

In the second game of the evening, Neoga managed only six turnovers, while Stewardson-Strasburg finished with 17 in a 67-52 contest that saw the No. 6 Indians upsetting the No. 3 Comets.

Tonight's games feature St. Elmo against Dieterich in consolation bracket action at 6:15 p.m. followed by Teutopolis taking on Altamont at 7:30 in winner bracket play.

St. Anthony 88, Brownstown 42

The Bulldogs flashed out to a 7-0 lead on the Bombers before the No. 7 squad finally settled down.

Brownstown made a flurry of seven straight points to knot the score at 9-9 before St. Anthony's Taylor Worman connected to give the Bulldogs an 11-9 quarter ending lead.

While St. Anthony mustered only five of 20 shots in the opening quarter, Brownstown countered with 66.6 percent shooting. Unfortunately for the Bombers they only got off six shots in the period, connecting on four. They also turned the ball over nine times, five coming in the opening two minutes of the quarter.

"We came out flat and didn't have any intensity or concentration," said St. Anthony Coach Matt Britton.

The Bulldogs didn't get their intensity or concentration to start the second period as the Bombers continued to be pesky, tying the score at 13-13 and taking a 16-15 lead. That's when Coach Britton called a time out at the 5:44 mark. That time out moved the Bulldogs into high gear.

"I tried to light a fire in them during the time out," said Britton. "James Jansen got us going and the rest jumped on board."

Jansen went into high gear knocking down a shot at 5:22, a three-pointer at 3:25 and two regular buckets at 2:37 and with 20 seconds. That final basket pushed the Bulldogs into a 37-30 lead as Brownstown finished the quarter with three straight turnovers.

The 5-foot-9 junior scored 11 of the Bulldogs 26 points in the quarter as they were a hot 12 of 18 from the field.

The third quarter started with an offensive basket by Ryan Schmidt, a three-pointer by Jansen and another bucket by Schmidt to give the Bulldogs a 44-20 lead. Then Worman went to work with a three-pointer at the 4:58 mark. The 6-foot-5 senior nailed point No. 11 on a driving layup to the basket with 4:20 on the clock for his 1,000 career point.

The Bulldogs had a 23-9 scoring run to lead 60-29 and the game was just waiting for the final victory margin.

"We had a terrible time tonight," said Brownstown Coach Terry Pruemer. "We played pretty good for 13 or 14 minutes, but we certainly didn't have a good second half. We're up and down and we might have been ahead except for the turnovers. Things just didn't go our way tonight."

Jared Winters finished with 12 points as the only double figure performer for the Bombers. He also led in rebounds with eight.

St. Anthony was led by J. Jansen with 25, Worman with 16 and Schmidt with 10. Schmidt pulled down six boards.

"We had good ball pressure and deflections were the key to the game," said Britton. "It disrupts what the other team does. We worked on getting someone open. Teams tend to gravitate to James and Taylor, so it's good when we work on other options.

"James had a good night. He got in a rhythm in the second quarter that carried over into the third. He played a whale of a game.

"Taylor scores in so many ways. He came out tight in the first quarter but I talked to him and he came out in the third quarter and did a nice job."

Neoga 67, Stew-Stras 52

This game was also tight for a while before Neoga had a 15-4 second quarter run that gave the Indians a good-sized lead and momentum to go on for the victory.

Coach Jason Hanson's crew handled the ball well while running a blazing floor game for an 18-14 opening quarter lead.

The Indians ripped out to a 6-0 lead before Stew-Stras finally got on the right track to tie the score at 10-10 and pull within 13-12 with 1:26 showing on a basket by Matt Tabbert. But the Indians finished off with a three-pointer by Brett Snively with only a tick left on the clock for the four-point lead.

Stew-Stras turned over the ball six times in the opening quarter and 10 by halftime. Neoga, meanwhile, let loose only one time in the opening quarter and four by halftime.

"That's been a point of contention with us," said Neoga Coach Hanson. "Turnovers. We have some games where we have six or seven and then other games where we have 20. I thought tonight we did a pretty good job of running the floor and making nice passes. There were a lot of transition plays and we were able to get buckets from that and also hit from outside."

The Comets opened the second quarter with three straight turnovers and Neoga moved out to a 23-14 lead. When halftime came, Stew-Stras trailed 33-18. Bryn Price, getting back into form in the last several games after being out with a broken wrist, scored six points in the second period for 11 by halftime.

Price would go on to finish with 19 points, but he wasn't the top scorer as Dalton Robinson had that role with 26. Robinson gave the Indians a lift in the opening quarter with eight and scored 11 in the final period.

Stew-Stras struggled again with turnovers in the third quarter as the Indians had a 14-12 edge to lead 47-30 going into the final quarter. From there, the Comets outscored Neoga 22-20 as Chris Koontz tallied eight and Will Rincker six, but they couldn't overcome that second quarter.

"We had that stretch where we just didn't seem to play hard and you're not going to be successful if you don't play with intensity," said Stew-Stras Coach Mike Walker. "We shot well and rebounded well, but we didn't take care of the ball.

"Neoga took great care of the ball with only six turnovers. That was pretty much the ball game right there. The first half we had good looks, but the ball wouldn't go in."

Koontz finished with 18 for the Comets, while W. Rincker tallied 12 and Jon Hoene 11. W. Rincker and Koontz pulled down eight rebounds each as the Comets had a 26-16 margin.

The Indians hit 51 percent from the field and 65 percent at the line. Robinson pulled down five boards.

"I thought we did a nice job of passing tonight," said Hanson. "When Dalton plays like that, he's a pretty good player. I thought we played outstanding defense and we made good moves to the basket. We have seven or eight kids who can play for us and a lot of the guys played hard tonight."

Millie Lange can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 124 or millie.lange@effinghamdailynews.com.

75th Annual National Trail Conference

Boys Basketball Tournament

At Altamont High School

Quarterfinals

Game Six

BROWNSTOWN (42)

Kramer 2-8 4-4 8, Rigdon 3-8 1-4 7, Holloway 1-3 0-4 2, Riley 3-7 2-2 8, Winters 4-10 2-5 12, Stinebring 0-0 0-0 0, Mason 2-3 1-1 5, Younker 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0, Reeder 0-0 0-0 0, Garrison 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 15-41 FG (36.5) 10-20 FT (50.0)

ST. ANTHONY (88)

Koerner 1-6 0-0 3, J. Jansen 10-14 1-1 25, Schmidt 5-8 0-0 10, Worman 7-14 0-0 16, Baker 3-6 0-0 6, Lustig 1-3 0-0 2, M. Jansen 2-3 0-0 4, Rohlfing 3-7 1-1 7, Willenborg 3-6 3-3 9, Sudkamp 0-1 1-4 1, Ragland 0-0 0-0 0, Dial 2-3 0-0 5. TOTALS 37-71 FG (52.1) 6-9 FT (66.6)

Brownstown---9---11----9---13---—---42

St. Anthony
---11---26---23---28---—---88

3-point FG — Brownstown 2-9 (Kramer 0-3, Winters 2-4, Mason 0-1, Garrison 0-1), St. Anthony 8-13 (Koerner 1-1, J. Jansen 4-6, Worman 2-4, Willenborg 0-1, Dial 1-1). Rebounds — Brownstown 22 (Winters 8), St. Anthony 31 (Schmidt 6). Total fouls – Brownstown 11, St. Anthony 17. Fouled out — St. Anthony 1 (Baker). Turnovers — Brownstown 21, St. Anthony 7. Officials — Mullinax, Ji. Wagner, Ja. Wagner.

Game Seven

NEOGA (67)

Blair 1-6 2-2 4, Cornell 0-2 2-4 2, Robinson 10-16 6-8 26, Price 8-12 3-3 19, Roy 2-4 0-2 6, Snyder 3-6 0-0 8, Probst 0-1 0-0 0, McClellan 1-2 0-1 2, Warner 0-0 0-0 0, McFarland 0-0 0-0 0, Pezan 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 25-49 FG (51.0) 13-20 FT (65.0)

STEW-STRAS (52)

W. Rincker 5-13 0-0 12, L. Rincker 1-3 0-0 2, Tabbert 3-5 0-0 6, Thomas 0-3 3-4 3, Koontz 8-11 2-2 18, Hoene 4-5 3-4 11, Ferris 0-1 0-0 0, Hellmuth 0-0 0-0 0, Reel 0-0 0-0 0, Z. Rincker 0-0 0-0 0, Braden 0-0 0-0 0, Helton 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21-41 FG (51.2) 8-10 FT (80.0)

Neoga-------18---15---14---20---—---67

Stew-Stras
---14----4---12---22---—---52

3-point FG — Neoga 4-12 (Blair 0-3, Roy 2-4, Snyder 2-4, Probst 0-1), Stew-Stras 2-7 (W. Rincker 2-6, L. Rincker 0-1). Rebounds — Neoga 16 (Robinson 5), Stew-Stras 26 (W. Rincker 8, Koontz 8). Total fouls — Neoga 10, Stew-Stras 18. Fouled out — none. Turnovers — Neoga 6, Stew-Stras 17. Officials — Diss, Hacker, Pruden.

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