St. Anthony stays unbeaten
Bulldogs rule the boards, win 66-49; Dust gets double-double
DIETERICH – Getting defensive stops is an important product of every successful basketball program.

But if you can't keep the other team from getting second and third chances, the results usually end up in the favor of your opponent.

Dieterich witnessed that on Friday night at home against ABV and state ranked Effingham St. Anthony.

The Movin' Maroons gave up 11 first quarter offensive rebounds, many of which turned into points for the Bulldogs.

After an early 2-2 tie, St. Anthony went on an 11-2 run as they cruised to its ninth consecutive win with a 66-49 victory on the road in the National Trail Conference.

Coach Cody Rincker got double-digit scoring from four players.

Six-foot junior Logan Antrim led the Bulldogs with 18 points while 6-foot-7 senior Jaccob Dust added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Senior guards Aaron Webb and Jack Hoene tossed in 11 and 10 points respectively.

Dust's board work led St. Anthony to a 28-15 overall edge on the glass as they took complete control of the NTC race improving to 4-0.

“He (Dust) spent time in the weight room this past summer and it is paying off this year,” said Coach Rincker. “He is lighter on his feet and a little more aggressive towards the hoop. I love what he is giving us right now. A presence in the paint. He is playing like a senior should.”

Coach Josh Krumwiede saw his club fall to 5-3 overall, 2-2 in the NTC race with just a pair of players in double-digits in scoring.

Junior forward Derek Kuhl led the Maroons with 11 points while senior forward Cole Niebrugge added 10.

Senior Collin Harke added nine points and freshman Pete Britton chipped in eight.

“It (rebounding and turnovers) was the story of the game from the very beginning. There it is right there (offensive rebounds) and we have been preaching and preaching rebounding. And I know it is easier said than done, you can play the best defense you can play and have the best game plan you can have, but if you get the stops but can't get the ball it isn't going to matter much,” said Coach Krumwiede. “And that is the way it was tonight. I think what we will find out on film is that our block outs weren't very good and they were quicker to the ball. We had out rebounded every one of our opponents in the first seven games but tonight it changed.”

Dust scored eight of his points in the first quarter with two of his buckets coming off of offensive rebounds.

Another came on a nice inbounds pass and he closed his quarter with a nice spin move in the lane.

Coach Rincker got bonus points early from his bench with senior Conner Walk scoring twice for four first quarter points.

His steal and fast break lay in made it 23-10 with just over a minute remaining in the opening quarter.

Dieterich committed eight of its 14 turnovers in the first half and St. Anthony made them pay in most cases.

Four fast break scores by St. Anthony in the first half, including two straight in the second quarter, pushed the Bulldogs lead to 27-14 with 6:51 left in the half.

Senior Kaden Fearday, who ended up with six points for the Bulldogs, along with Antrim, converted consecutive transition shots in the run.

Fearday scored his second basket on a cut to the goal on an assist from Dust to close the half at 34-23.

Dieterich's best offensive run of the contest came at the beginning of the second half.

A 7-1 scoring sprint got Coach Krumwiede and his club within striking distance at 36-30 at the 5:45 mark.

But the Bulldogs answered with a 12-2 run, sparked by Dust on another drive to the basket and pair of 3-point bombs by Webb.

His second and third 3-pointers helped push St. Anthony back into command at 48-32.

Despite Dust picking up his third foul late in the quarter forcing him to the bench with 1:49 remaining, the Bulldogs carried on.

Senior Jack Elder got in on the fun late in the quarter with a scoring drive as St. Anthony headed to the final quarter up 52-37.

Dieterich got to within 10 points one time in the final quarter with a bucket by Kuhl.

St. Anthony closed the book with a 10-2 run with two more fast break scores by Antrim and drives to the basket by Webb and Hoene made it 64-46.

The Bulldogs ended up 28-of-52 overall (53.8 percent) and 4-of-10 from the arc.

Coach Rincker's club valued the basketball, committing just six turnovers, three in each half.

“We take it (rebounding) seriously and we work on it every day. It is our mission every game to win the battle and it doesn't change,” said Coach Rincker. “Any basketball coach you talk to will tell you the same thing. Take care of the boards, take care of the ball, make your free throws, get to the 50/50 loose balls, and you got a good chance to win. That is the way we approach every game.”

Dieterich ended up 14-of-35 (40 percent) but committed 14 turnovers while allowing 14 offensive rebounds.

The Bulldogs play on Monday night as they host 3A Olney Richland County while Dieterich will prepare to host their annual Dieterich Holiday Tournament starting on Thursday.

“They (St. Anthony) did a nice job of pushing the ball after our missed shots. They were creating mismatches and driving the lane. They are just quicker than us and it showed tonight,” said Coach Krumwiede. “That's the bottom line. We have to adapt and figure out ways to prevent them from getting to the lane. We allowed them penetration and they would kick it out and make 3's.”

National Trail Conference
Effingham St. Anthony

Effingham St. Anthony (66)
– Webb 1 3 0-0 11, Antrim 9 0 0-0 18, Hoene 2 1 3-4 10, Fearday 3 0 0-0 6, Dust 6 0 3-5 15, Elder 1 0 0-0 2, Walk 2 0 0-0 4.
2FG-24, 3FG-4, FT-6-9, PF-13.

Dieterich (49) – Gephart 0 2 0-0 6, Lidy 1 1 0-0 5, Britton 1 1 3-4 8, Niebrugge 3 0 4-4 10, Hartke 4 0 1-3 9, Kuhl 3 1 2-2 11, Westendorf 0 0 0-0 0.
2FG-12, 3FG-5, FT-10-13, PF-14.

Fouled Out – None.
Technical Fouls – None.