JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Stew-Stras bounced back from an upset to beat Neoga on Tuesday, winning 56-43. The Comets then played Altamont even, early and late on Friday. But, the Indians enjoyed a double-stuff creamy middle, out-scoring the Comets by 16 points in the 2nd and 3rd periods for a 14-point win, 67-53.
The Comet defense held Neoga to just 10 or 11 points in every period and that gave them the edge for the win. The Comets had an edge at the free throw, as weel, and that helped offset Neoga's advantage from the arc.
Stew-Stras took a one possession lead in the 1st, then went on a 17-11 run in the 2nd to lead by 10 at the break, 21-11.
The Comets kept pace with Neoga in the 3rd, then bumped up their lead late to win by 13.
Neoga had a trio of treys in the 1st, but Fulk and Helmuth offset that with 10 points combined, including a Helmuth triple. Helmuth nailed two more treys in the 2nd, John Luce scored twice, and Fulk a deuce and 1-of-2 at the line in the 17-10 run.
Becker led the Comets in the 3rd wth two scores as they held serve. Neoga got a couple of solo treys in the 4th, but couldn't spark a comeback. Fulk had two deuces and a 3-point play, while Becker scored twice to lead the Comets down the stretch for the win.
Stew-Stras 56, Neoga 43
Stew stats: Fulk 17 (7 FGs, 3/5 FTs), Helmuth 11 (1-2, 3-3 pt FGs), Becker 10 (5 FGs), Fry 7 (2 FGs, 3/5 FTs), Vonderheide 5 (1-3 pt FGs, 2/4 FTs), Luce 4 (2 FGs), Roley 2 (FG). Team FGs 22. 3-pointers: 4 (Helmuth 3, Vonderheide). Team FTs 8-of-14.
Neo stats: J. Baker 16 (3-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Krm FTs 1-of-7.ikie 13 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs), M. Baker 4 (2 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Walk 4 (2 FGs), Moore 4 (2 FGs), Maroon 2 (FG), L. Baker (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 18. 3-Pointers: 6 (Krikie 3, J. Baker 3 ). Team FTs 1-of-7.
On Friday, five Comets scored in the 1st quarter, led by Fulk with six points and they held a 1-point lead. Five more scored in the 2nd, but all solo scores, while Altamont got eight points from their leading scorer Ryan Mayhaus and took a 25-23 lead at the half.
Altamont erupted in the 3rd period and put Stew-Stras in a hole. Fulk scored twice, but the other four Comets had solo scores again.
Altamont got two scores from Garrett Ziegler, two scores and a free throws from Jutsin McGinnis, two scores and a free throw from Jake Seidel, a trey from Cole Borders, and six points from Jon Kuhns.
Heading down the stretch, Altamont was up by 15, 50-35. Stew-Stras pushed it, won the period, but still lost the game.
Christian Vonderheide nailed a trey, Luce scored twice, Fulk twice, and Jason Fry had a deuce and 3-of-3 at the line for an 18-point period. Altamont scored 17 and won by 14.
Stew-Stras (#3) plays Windsor (#6) in the Dieterich Regional on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Altamont 67, Stew-Stras 53
Stew stats: Fulk 16 (7 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Fry 11 (2 FGs, 7/7 FTs), Helton 6 (3 FGs), Luce 6 (3 FGs), Vonderheide 5 (1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs). Becker 4 (2 FGs), Helmuth 3 (3/4 FTs), Roley 2 (FG). Team FGs 19. 3-pointers: 1 (Vonderheide). Team FTs 14-of-15.
Alta stats: Mayhaus 15 (4 FGs, 7/10 FTs), Kuhns 13 (4 FGs, 5/6 FTs), Jackman 13 (5 FGs, 3/4 FTs), Goeckner 11 (5 FGs, 1/6 FTs), McGinnis 5 (2 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Seidel 5 (2 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Borders 3 (1-3 pt FGs), Hill 2 (2/6 FTs). Team FGs 23. 3-pointers: 1 (Borders). Team FTs 20-of-34.