St. Anthony, Neoga Tuesday Winners at NTC Tourney

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Published on January 29 2014 3:28 am
Last Updated on January 29 2014 11:54 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The St. Anthony Bulldogs and the Neoga Indians posted wins in Tuesday action at the 79th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament in Altamont.

The games were heard on 979XFM and seen and heard on www.979xfm.com.  

The top-seeded Bulldogs defeated the Windsor Blue Devile 56-39 and the Indians won over the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles 53-45.  

St. Anthony led the entire contest aside from a brief early two-point Windsor lead.  The Bulldogs were up 12-6 after one quarter, led 29-19 at halftime and were ahead 39-27 after three quarters before outscoring the Blue Devils 17-12 in the final period.

St. Anthony made 44% of the shots, hitting 23 of 52 including two of 10 three-point attempts.  The Bulldogs made eight of 11 foul shots, grabbed a whopping 38 rebounds and turned the ball over 14 times.

Windsor hit 33% of its shots, making 14 of 42 including six of 16 from three-point range.  The Blue Devils made five of nine foul shots, pulled just 14 rebounds and turned the ball over 14 times.

John Goeckner of St. Anthony led all scorers with 20 points and had 10 rebounds.  Alex Hoelscher also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Also for the Bulldogs: Neil Williams eight, Andrew Gardewine six, Zach Gardewine and Derek Rios four each, and Matt Gibson and Kyle Hartke two each.

Tristan Warner led Windsor with 16 points.  Also for the Blue Devils: Hayden Cole eight, Nicholas Hutchinson and Alex Allen with six each, and Mitchell Haddock with three points.

St. Anthony improved to 14-5 on the season while Windsor slipped to 5-13.  

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The Neoga/SEB game was too close to call for a majority of the contest.

Neoga came out of the gate well, leading 20-13 after the first quarter, but then the baskets got harder to come by.  Neoga's lead was 29-23 at halftime.  The Indians had a good third quarter, though, outscoring SEB 13-8 to lead 42-31 at the end of the period.  Consecutive three-pointers by the Eagles quickly trimmed that lead to five points to start the fourth quarter and the battle was on. The Eagles actually outscored the Indians 14-11 in the final period, but Neoga held on for the eight-point win with good rebounding and some clutch foul shooting.

Neoga made 40% of its shots from the field, 21 of 52 although just two of 12 three-point tries.  The Indians made just eight of 16 from the line but grabbed 28 rebounds and turned the ball over just 11 times in the game.

SEB hit 14 of 36 from the field for 36% including five of 13 threes.  The Eagles made 12 of 19 from the line, but pulled just 16 rebounds and turned the ball over 18 times.

Jake Baker led Neoga with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Also for the Indians: Wyatt Krikie with 10, Jon Atwell eight, Corey Kersey six, Brock Aleshire four, and Luke Baker three.

Jacob Behrends led SEB with 14 points while Landon Feezel and Malachi Maxey each scored 12 points.  Also for the Eagles: Levi Maxey five and Cole Smithson two.

Neoga improved to 9-11 on the season, while St. Elmo/Brownstown fell to 12-8.

On Thursday, SEB will play Windsor in a consolation bracket semifinal at 6:15pm, followed by a championship bracket semifinal game between St. Anthony and Neoga.

Tonight at Altamont, second-seeded Altamont will play Stewardson-Strasburg at 6:15pm, followed by Dieterich vs. Beecher City.  Hear both games on 979XFM and hear and view the games on www.979xfm.com.  

NTC Tournament

Game Three

ST. ANTHONY (56)

Williams 2-2 -- 8, Jansen 0-0 -- 0, Gibson 1-0 -- 2, Greene 0-0 -- 0, A. Gardewine 2-2 -- 6, Hoelscher 3-4 -- 10, Z. Gardewine 2-0 -- 4, Gurtner 0-0 -- 0, Goeckner 10-0 -- 20, Rios 2-0 -- 4,  Hartke 1-0 -- 2. TOTALS 23 FG, 8 FT.

WINDSOR (39)

Haddock 1-0 -- 3, Hutchinson 2-0 -- 6, Allen 3-0 -- 6, Peadro 0-0 -- 0, Cole 3-0 -- 8, Warner 5-5 -- 16, Blackburn 0-0 -- 0, Ard 0-0 -- 0. TOTALS 14 FG, 5 FT.

St. Anthony          12    17    10    17    --    56

Windsor                  6    13      8    12    --    39

3-point FG -- St. Anthony 2 (Williams 2), Windsor 6 (Haddock 1, Hutchinson 2, Cole 2, Warner 1).

Game Four

ST. ELMO/BROWNSTOWN (45)

Neeley 0-0 -- 0, M. Maxey 2-6 -- 12, L. Maxey 2-0 -- 5, Behrends 4-5 -- 14, Smithson 1-0 -- 2, Feezel 5-1 -- 12, Hardimon 0-0 -- 0. TOTALS 14 FG, 12 FT.

NEOGA (53)

L. Baker 2-1 -- 5, Rankin 0-0 -- 0, Kersey 2-0 -- 4, Krikie 4-2 -- 10, Aleshire 2-0 -- 4, J. Baker 7-6 -- 22, Atwell 4-0 -- 8. TOTALS 21 FG, 9 FT.

St. Elmo/Brownstown         13    10      8    14    --    45

Neoga                                      20      9    13    11    --    53

3-point FG -- St. Elmo/Brownstown 5 (M. Maxey 2, L. Maxey 1, Behrends 1, Feezel 1), Neoga 2 (J. Baker 2).