Altemeyer’s 8th grade Dutchmen to start 2018 8-0

Will Johnson

Playing three games in three days to wrap up the 2017 portion of their season two weeks ago, Kris Altemeyer’s 8th grade Dutchmen basketball team looked to keep their record unblemished going into 2018.

Opening their stretch of three games in three days back on Monday, Dec. 11, the OMS Dutchmen basketball teams welcomed St. Clair’s Bulldogs to Owensville Elementary School.

Leading 22-13 early in the third quarter, Altemeyer’s 8th grade Dutchmen went on to outscore St. Clair 26-5 the rest of the game to post a 48-18 win over the Bulldogs.

Shutting out St. Clair 15-0 after one quarter, Landon Valley led the Owensville scoring attack with five points in the first six minutes of basketball. Reagan Wehmeyer added four first-quarter points.

Brendan Decker posted an impressive first-quarter stat line of three assists, three rebounds, two steals and two points.

Edged 10-7 in the second quarter by St. Clair, Owensville still went into halftime with a 22-10 lead.

Catching fire to start the second half, Altemeyer’s eighth-grade Dutchmen doubled their first-half point total with 22 third-quarter points. This gave them a 44-15 lead with six minutes of basketball left against the visiting Bulldogs.

In that third quarter, Derek Brandt and Decker each scored seven points to pace a hot Dutchmen offense. Brandt also added four steals on defense in the third quarter.

Able to get more players playing time in the fourth quarter, Owensville limited St. Clair to no field goals and three free throws in the final six minutes.

Decker finished the game leading OMS with 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists. 

Valley just missed double figures with nine points to go along with four rebounds.

Brandt added seven points and five steals for the Dutchmen. Dezmyn Moore and Eli Wilson each chipped in four points while Austin Lowder and Logan Evans netted two points each.

Braedn Stone rounded out the eighth-grade Dutchmen scoring with a second-quarter free throw for one point.

Facing New Haven’s Shamrocks the next night, the eighth-grade Dutchmen overcame a 19-16 halftime deficit to post a 34-31 come-from-behind victory over the visitors in green and white.

Able to overcome scoring just four points in the second quarter and five in the final six minutes, Altemeyer’s Dutchmen survived a New Haven fourth-quarter rally.

Decker improved on his 11-point outing against St. Clair by dropping a game-high 20 points on the Shamrocks. Evans and Lowder added five points apiece while Carter Lairmore and Reagan Wehmeyer rounded out the OMS scoring against New Haven with two points each.

In daytime action at St. James Middle School back on Wednesday, Dec. 13, Owensville trailed 12-8 at halftime and 18-13 after three quarters before rallying in the final six minutes for a 26-21 victory in Phelps County.

Helping the eighth-grade Dutchmen stay in first-half scoring were Moore, Decker, Valley and Reagan Wehmeyer each netted two points.

In Owensville’s 13-point fourth quarter, Valley scored six of his team-high eight points to help the eighth-grade Dutchmen enter 2018 with an unblemished 8-0 record.

Seventh-grade Dutchmen basketball action against St. Clair, New Haven and St. James will be recapped in next week’s Republican to kick off 2018.

OMS will open 2018 on Thursday, Jan. 4 hosting Pacific at OES.