Dutchmen complete sweep of Highway 28 tripleheader

Will Johnson

Seeing the Dutchmen freshman and varsity Dutchgirl basketball teams post victories over Belle Monday night, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville Dutchmen varsity basketball team looked to make it a clean sweep for OHS of a Highway 28 tripleheader against the visitors from Belle.

Tied at 33-33 with 6:50 left in the game on a basket from Belle Tiger senior standout Skylar Smith, Dutchmen senior Kyle Bauer hit one of two free throws giving the Dutchmen a slim 34-33 lead.

Following a Belle turnover, Cason Gray scored and got fouled. Even though he missed the ensuing free throw, Brady Smith pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back in making it a four-point trip eventually leading to a 52-44 Owensville victory over their Highway 28 rivals.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” Rehmert said. “Cason (Gray) and Brady (Smith) stepped up big time for us rebounding the ball against a big, physically strong Belle team.”

Opening the game on a 6-0 run, Owensville got a bucket from senior Michael Lahmeyer and two scores in a 20-second span from Bauer.

In the final four minutes, free throws from Wyatt Ellis, Bauer and Brady Smith helped the Dutchmen to an 11-6 lead after eight minutes of basketball.

In the second quarter, it was Belle’s turn to open on a run. A Levi Fortner 3-pointer and a Skylar Smith basket knotted the game at 11-11 with 6:55 until halftime.

Behind points from Trevor Abernathy, Sean Irwin, Gray and Lahmeyer, OHS closed the first half on a 10-4 run helping them take a 21-15 halftime lead.

Even with Owensville building their lead back to eight at 25-17 with 6:28 for the third quarter, Tim Evans’ Belle Tigers made yet another run.

Sparked by a Mason Butler 3-pointer, Skylar Smith added four more points cutting the Dutchmen lead to one at 25-24 with 2:26 remaining in the third quarter.

Buckets from Gray, Irwin and Ellis helped OHS to a 31-28 lead after three quarters of intense basketball in Gasconade County.

Nursing a 41-38 lead with 3:35 left, Bauer took charge in the scoring department for the Dutchmen.

Scoring eight of the next 10 points aside from an Irwin basket, the OHS senior connected on four straight free-throw attempts in the final 41.1 of Owensville’s 52-44 victory over the Tigers.

Bauer led OHS in the scoring department with 15 points. He nearly had two teammates join him in double figures.

Gray and Lahmeyer each finished with nine points.

To go along with their points, both Dutchmen seniors patrolled the glass in the rebounding area.

Pulling down nine first-half rebounds, Gray finished with a game-high 15 rebounds. Lahmeyer also grabbed 11 boards. Brady Smith joined the rebounding frenzy also reaching double figures collection 10 rebounds.

Friday night, OHS will look to keep their winning ways going against Hermann for homecoming.