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home : sports : sports May 26, 2016

1/2/2013 2:18:00 PM
Panthers finish 2nd at Dieterich tourney
Oblong’s Collin Meese (10) hangs in the air to avoid a Dieterich defender and spots Jared Mayhew (35) streaking toward the basket during Friday night’s pool-play contest at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament. Mayhew would finish the fast break with a layup for two of his six points in the Panthers’ 59-54 win. Meese chipped in with nine points for OHS in the victory. (Josh Brown photo)
Oblong’s Collin Meese (10) hangs in the air to avoid a Dieterich defender and spots Jared Mayhew (35) streaking toward the basket during Friday night’s pool-play contest at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament. Mayhew would finish the fast break with a layup for two of his six points in the Panthers’ 59-54 win. Meese chipped in with nine points for OHS in the victory. (Josh Brown photo)
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A fourth time was still not the charm for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team.

In just a little over a month, Oblong has faced Newton on the hardwood and came away on the losing end all four times, two of which have come in championship games of tournaments.

The latest came in the title game of the Dieterich Holiday Tournament Saturday, with Newton claiming a 64-42 victory. Prior to the title game loss, Oblong scored a pair of victories on Friday over Arcola, 63-49 and Dieterich, 59-54, to finish 3-0 in pool play.

"We went over there to win it and we put ourselves in position to win it," OHS head coach Brent Harper said. "We got to the championship game, but just didn't do it."


In their first game of the day, Oblong shook off a slow start to gradually pull away from Arcola for the double-digit win.

Oblong trailed by one a couple of times in the first few minutes and the game was tied at 6-6 when Collin Meese hit a baseline floater to put the Panthers up 8-6 with 3:55 left. Arcola countered with five straight points to take their biggest lead of the game, 11-8, with 2:49 remaining. However, that would be the last lead the Purple Riders would have, as Oblong closed the period on an 8-0 run to regain the lead, 16-11.

A three-pointer by Anthony Johnson at the outset of the second quarter continued the run and gave Oblong a 19-11 advantage, but Arcola scored four straight to pull within 19-15 with 7:07 to go. Another three-pointer made the score 22-15, but Arcola answered with a three-ball of their own to close the gap to 22-18 with 5:47 to play. Johnson responded with a baseline jumper, then hit a three-pointer at the 5:00 mark and another with 4:07 to go as part of a 10-0 run that gave Oblong a 32-18 advantage with 3:35 remaining and the Panthers held a 36-26 lead at halftime.

Johnson would score the first six points of the third quarter and Meese added two free throws for an 8-0 OHS run, making the score 44-26 with 5:38 left. Arcola would close the gap to 13, but two baskets by Jared Mayhew and another by Brody Allen quickly pushed the lead to 19, 50-31, with 2:05 to go.

Arcola would score the last five points of the third quarter to make the score 50-36 and got the first basket of the fourth quarter to pull within 12, but they would not get any closer the rest of the way. Oblong led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter and coasted down the stretch for the win.

"We were patient offensively, got some post touches and did a good job with our inside-out game," Harper said. "Gerald did a good job kicking the ball out and finding Anthony, who knocked down some big threes early to get us going. We still missed some easy shots that could have made it easier on us. We were solid defensively again, too."

Johnson paced Oblong with 29 points, 16 of which came in the second quarter. He also recorded five assists, four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot in the win, while Mayhew posted 10 points, six blocked shots, five rebounds and one steal off the bench.

"The more Jared plays, the better job he does," Harper said. "He is intimidating on defense and blocks a lot of shots, but still needs to rebound better."

Meese contributed eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Richardson totaled five points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and one steal, Allen netted four points, three rebounds and one assist, Kurt Knollenberg collected four points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, Michael Brown added two points and three rebounds and Chase Mendenhall had one point, three rebounds and one blocked shot.

"We got a lot of other guys minutes, which is what I wanted to do to keep our regulars fresh," Harper said. "The younger kids are doing some good things, but are still making some mistakes. We have got to keep getting them minutes under good circumstances to get them relaxed and give them confidence."

Kollin Seaman led Arcola with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Wyatt Fishel posted 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

In the nightcap, Oblong took on host Dieterich with a berth in the title game on the line, as both entered with 2-0 records in pool play.

Just like their last meeting at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament (a 55-51 Oblong win), Friday's game was close throughout.

Johnson scored the first basket of the game 50 seconds in, then neither team scored for the next three minutes. Dieterich would get a free throw from Brandon Westjohn at the 4:10 mark, then Dalton Hinterscher scored to give the Maroons a 3-2 lead with 3:15 left. Johnson would end a five-minute scoreless drought for Oblong with a layup to put Oblong up 4-3 with 2:08 remaining. A three-pointer by Hinterscher put Dieterich back in front, 6-4, but Oblong got three baskets in the final minute to take a 10-6 lead after the first quarter.

Oblong would extend their run to 10-0 after baskets by Johnson and Mayhew gave the Panthers a 14-6 lead, only to see Dieterich score six straight to close the gap to 14-12 with 5:01 left. The Panthers responded with another 10-0 run over the next three minutes to push the lead to 24-12 with 1:40 to go and they would take a 26-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Panthers scored the first five points of the third quarter to push the lead back to 12, 31-19, but Dieterich closed to within seven a couple times before Oblong took a 44-35 lead into the final period.

Five quick points by Dieterich to start the fourth quarter closed the gap to four and ignited an 11-2 run that eventually tied the game at 46-46 with 4:02 remaining. Johnson countered for OHS with a driving layup, then Meese followed with a putback for a 50-46 OHS lead with 3:10 left. After a Dieterich basket, Johnson made a free throw with 2:31 left, then found Meese under the hoop with a beautiful cross-court bounce pass that he converted into a three-point play for a 54-48 advantage with 2:02 to play.

Johnson then put the exclamation point on the game with a steal and two-handed dunk for a 56-48 lead and they were able to hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

"I told the boys before the game that it is never easy here, but they were up to the task tonight," Harper said. "We had an answer for every run they had and that's what you've got to do against good teams."

Johnson had yet another big performance to lead the Panthers, as he posted 30 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Meese netted nine points, six rebounds and three assists, but his biggest contribution was on the defensive end, where he shadowed Dieterich sharpshooter Dalton Hinterscher in the Panthers' box-and-one defense and limited him to 13 points.

"Anthony played a great game. His points weren't easy, but he is such an unselfish player and kept his teammates involved," Harper said. "Collin did a heck of a job trying to slow down Hinterscher."

Richardson totaled eight points, nine rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and one steal for OHS, Mayhew contributed six points, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist, Mendenhall added three points and four rebounds and Allen tossed in three points.

"Everybody contributed something while they were in their tonight, whether it was a basket, a rebound or diving for a loose ball," Harper said.

Alex Bohnhoff led Dieterich with 19 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, while Hinterscher had five rebounds and two assists in addition to his 13 points.


Both Oblong and Newton came in with identical 3-0 marks after pool play, but once again, the Eagles were able to come out on top in the title tilt.

Oblong stayed close for a while, trailing just 21-19 late in the second quarter, but a 9-2 run by Newton gave the Eagles a 30-21 advantage at halftime. Newton continued the momentum after halftime, as they opened the third quarter with a 13-6 burst to take a 43-27 lead and held a 46-32 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Panthers were unable to get any closer than that in the final period and Newton extended their lead to as many as 23 in the final minutes on their way to a 22-point victory.

"We stayed in it in the first half, but from the start we looked real sluggish," Harper said. "I think the two games on Friday contributed to that a little. We just didn't have that fire and spark we usually do. Then they went on a run in the third quarter and we didn't recover from it."

Johnson once again led OHS, as he was the only player in double figures with 17 points. He also posted 10 rebounds, one steal and one assist. Mendenhall netted eight points and three rebounds, Knollenberg totaled eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Richardson collected four points, six rebounds, two steals and one assist, Meese added four points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist and Mayhew had one point and four rebounds.

Dylan Davidson topped all scorers for Newton with 20 points, while Lucas Stone and Derek Schackmann were also in double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively.

"Newton is a good team. We are a decent team, but it is tough to compete against bigger schools," Harper said. "Playing four games in three days, their depth was a big factor. But, the bottom line is we didn't play well and you have got to against good teams."

In other final round games Saturday, Centralia Christ Our Rock beat Dieterich, 67-62, in the third-place game; Louisville-North Clay outlasted Beecher City, 64-58, in the fifth-place game and Red Hill edged Arcola, 50-48, in the seventh-place game.

Oblong (12-4) will play at Marshall for a Little Illini Conference contest Friday at 6:15 p.m.

2012 Dieterich Boys Holiday Tournament

At Dieterich High School


Arcola 11 15 10 13 - 49

Oblong 16 20 14 13 - 63


Jamie Warren 0-2 0-1 0-0 0, Kollin Seaman 0-3 3-10 3-4 12, Nick Hudson 3-8 0-1 2-3 8, Wyatt Fishel 4-5 0-2 2-2 10, Reed Strader 1-2 1-2 0-0 5, Zach Hudson 0-1 1-3 0-1 3, Fredy Moreno 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Munson 0-4 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Moutria 1-5 0-0 1-2 3, Quinton Risley 3-4 0-0 2-4 8, TOTALS 12-36 2FG, 5-20 3FG, 10-16 FT, 49 TP.


Brody Allen 2-3 0-1 0-0 4, Tyler Woods 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Gerald Richardson 1-6 0-0 3-5 5, Michael Brown 0-0 0-1 2-2 2, Collin Meese 3-10 0-0 2-4 8, Anthony Johnson 6-7 4-7 5-9 29, Alec Jacobs 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Kurt Knollenberg 2-4 0-1 0-1 4, Kyler Fear 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Mendenhall 0-1 0-0 1-2 1, Keaton Neeley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Mayhew 5-6 0-0 0-0 10, TOTALS 19-37 2FG, 4-11 3FG, 13-23 FT, 63 TP.

Turnovers - AHS 16, OHS 16. Team fouls - AHS 15, OHS 17. Fouled out - Moutria. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (AHS 37) Fishel 10, Risley 10, Moutria 5, Seaman 4. (OHS 37) Richardson 10, Mayhew 5, Johnson 4, Allen 3, Brown 3, Meese 3, Jacobs 3, Mendenhall 3, Knollenberg 2, Woods. Steals - (AHS 10) N. Hudson 3, Fishel 2, Strader 2. (OHS 11) Meese 4, Johnson 3, Knollenberg 2, Richardson, Mayhew. Assists - (AHS 7) Seaman 2, N. Hudson 2, Fishel 2, Z. Hudson. (OHS 16) Johnson 5, Richardson 4, Meese 2, Jacobs 2, Knollenberg 2, Allen. Blocked shots - (OHS 12) Mayhew 6, Richardson 4, Johnson, Mendenhall.

Oblong 10 16 18 15 - 59

Dieterich 6 13 16 19 - 54


Brody Allen 0-0 1-1 0-0 3, Gerald Richardson 4-6 0-2 0-0 8, Collin Meese 4-12 0-1 1-1 9, Anthony Johnson 11-21 0-1 8-12 30, Alec Jacobs 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kurt Knollenberg 0-2 0-2 0-0 0, Chase Mendenhall 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Jared Mayhew 2-5 0-0 2-5 6, TOTALS 22-48 2FG, 1-7 3FG, 12-20 FT, 59 TP.


Dalton Hinterscher 2-5 1-4 6-6 13, Tanner Traub 0-0 1-6 2-2 5, Austin Bushue 0-1 0-3 1-4 1, Alex Bohnhoff 3-3 4-5 1-1 19, Nick Feldhake 0-1 0-1 2-3 2, Devin Aherin 0-1 0-0 3-4 3, Brandon Westjohn 2-7 0-0 2-4 6, Travis Niemerg 2-5 0-0 1-2 5, TOTALS 9-23 2FG, 6-19 3FG, 18-26 FT, 54 TP.

Turnovers - OHS 14, DHS 15. Team fouls - OHS 21, DHS 18. Fouled out - Meese, Bushue. Technical foul - Dieterich coach. Rebounds - (OHS 38) Richardson 9, Mayhew 9, Johnson 8, Meese 6, Mendenhall 4, Knollenberg 2. (DHS 31) Westjohn 8, Aherin 7, Hinterscher 5, Traub 5. Steals - (OHS 8) Mayhew 3, Johnson 3, Knollenberg, Richardson. (DHS 3) Bohnhoff, Feldhake, Aherin. Assists - (OHS 11) Johnson 5, Meese 3, Richardson 2, Mayhew. (DHS 7) Hinterscher 2, Traub 2, Bushue 2, Niemerg. Blocked shots - (OHS 4) Richardson 4. (DHS 5) Aherin 4, Niemerg.


Championship Game

Oblong 11 10 11 10 - 42

Newton 13 17 16 18 - 64


Brody Allen 0 0-0 0, Tyler Woods 0 0-0 0, Gerald Richardson 1 2-2 4, Michael Brown 0 0-0 0, Collin Meese 2 0-0 4, Anthony Johnson 4 8-9 17, Alec Jacobs 0 0-0 0, Kurt Knollenberg 3 2-2 8, Kyler Fear 0 0-0 0, Chase Mendenhall 4 0-0 8, Jared Mayhew 0 1-2 1, TOTALS 14 FG, 13-15 FT, 42 TP.


Dylan Johnson 1 0-1 3, Dylan Davidson 8 3-5 20, Derek Schackmann 6 0-0 12, Weston Shipman 0 0-0 0, Caleb Chestnut 0 0-0 0, Gunner Pickens 0 0-0 0, Luke Stone 8 0-1 16, Brandon Bigard 0 1-2 1, Corey Davidson 1 1-2 3, Blake Ebeling 1 0-0 2, Lucas Huston 0 0-0 0, Keith Butler 2 1-2 5, Travis Lidy 1 0-0 2, TOTALS 28 FG, 6-13 FT, 64 TP.

3-point goals - A. Johnson, D. Davidson, D. Johnson. Rebounds - (OHS 27) Johnson 10, Richardson 6, Mayhew 4, Mendenhall 3, Meese 2, Knollenberg 2. Steals - (OHS 6) Meese 2, Richardson 2, Johnson, Knollenberg. Assists - (OHS 5) Knollenberg 2, Johnson, Meese, Richardson.

Next game - Oblong (12-4) will play at Marshall Friday at 6:15 p.m.

All-Tournament Team - Anthony Johnson (Oblong) - MVP; Collin Meese (Oblong); Dylan Davidson (Newton); Dylan Johnson (Newton); Logan Hilderbrand (Louisville-North Clay); Nathan Micklautz (Louisville-North Clay); Dalton Hinterscher (Dieterich); Tyler Burmester (Centralia Christ Our Rock); Lukas Mueller (Centralia Christ Our Rock); Donovan Riley (Beecher City).

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