gerdesPoints off the bench — Mater Dei senior guard Tanner Gerdes converts a layup in the early moments of the Knights’ 28-point victory over Brussels last Monday. Gerdes had eight points and three rebounds for MD. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Mater Dei boys basketball season got off to a strong start with the Knights claiming third place at the Metro-East Lutheran Tipoff Classic last week in Edwardsville.
    The Knights started with wins over Brussels and Gillespie before dropping a heartbreaker in the semifinal against Lift for Life.  MD then hammered the host Knights on Saturday for third place.
    Seniors Jacob Schadegg and Caleb Zurliene each earned All-Tournament honors.
    They host John Burroughs High School on Friday before playing in the Bank of Springfield Shootout on Saturday against Riverton (0-2) at 10:30 a.m.
    Mater Dei 54, Metro-East Lutheran 17:  The Knights could not script a better start in their third-place tilt on Saturday in Edwardsville.
    The Knights scored the first 16 points of the game as they led 16-0 after one quarter of play.
    MEL got on the board in the second quarter with nine points before scoring just four points in the third quarter and four more in the fourth quarter.
    Caleb Zurliene led all players with 15 points  while Jacob Schadegg put in 13 points.  Grant Goebel scored seven.
    Lift For Life Academy 63, Mater Dei 62:  The Knights were on the wrong end of a couple of calls down the stretch in the fourth quarter of their semifinal loss Friday night in Edwardsville.
    In a game that featured 12 lead changes, the Knights and Hawks went back and forth throughout with each team leading two quarters of  play.  Mater Dei was missing two starts with Mitchell Haake (wrist) and Zach Napovanice (ankle) not in the lineup.
    “We had to readjust some things today with a different lineup,” said Mater Dei head coach Ron Schadegg.  “The kids stepped in and battled against a very athletic and good basketball team.  I thought we played extremely hard.”

ThomasOff the dribble — Central senior forward Bradon Thomas takes the ball to the basket against the defense of Mattoon’s Mason Wright in the first half of the Cougars’ 77-53 loss last Wednesday in Effingham. Thomas had four points and three boards. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Central Cougars boys basketball team had an up and down start to their season as they dropped their first two games before winning their next two games en route to a 5th-place finish at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament in Effingham.
    The Cougars dropped their first two games to Teutopolis and Mattoon before beating Robinson in pool-play and Highland in the 5th-place game on Saturday.
    They will host Teutopolis (3-1) on Friday before taking to the road in Troy where they will play Triad (3-1) on Tuesday in nonconference action.
    Central 51, Highland 44:  The Cougars led throughout most of the contest in their 5th-place win over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Effingham.
    The game was tied after one quarter of play where Jackson Haag had a 3-pointer for the Cougars while Bradon Thomas, Brady Moore and Nick Warnecke all had field goals for CHS.
    Central took charge in the second quarter when they outscored the Bulldogs 16-7 in the frame where the Cougars were 6-of-6 from the line.  Dalton Boruff had five points in the quarter as Central led 26-17 at the half.
    Haag hit another 3-pointer in the third quarter while the Cougars hit four more charity shots as their lead was 39-30 entering the fourth.
    Moore and Parker Loepker each had a pair of buckets in the fourth quarter as CHS hung on for the victory.  Moore led a balanced scoring attack with nine points while Loepker also had nine points.  Boruff had seven points.
    Central 52, Robinson 44:  The Cougars got back a pair of starters and fought off a great individual effort from Brayden Childress as they got their first win of the season on Friday in Effingham.
    The Cougars got a balanced scoring effort while Robinson got 25 points from Childress in a 1-man show for the Maroons.  He had nine field goals and was 4-of-7 from the line in the loss for RHS.
    Meanwhile, Jackson Haag made his first start of the season and put in 17 points on a quartet of 3-pointers with two coming in the second quarter.

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10 December 2019

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