Dutchmen fall in third-place game to Salem

Will Johnson

Claiming round one of Highway 28 bragging rights with a win over Belle last Thursday night, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville Dutchmen earned a spot in the third-place game of the 29th Owensville Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament opposite Salem’s Tigers who were upset last Tuesday by Linn’s Wildcats.

Looking for third-place hardware for the first time since 2011, OHS could not overcome 10 second-half turnovers before falling to the Tigers, 57-41.

Following a Wyatt Ellis dunk that tied the game at 2-2 at the 6:22 mark of the first quarter, a Brady Smith free throw gave Owensville their first lead at 3-2 just 18 seconds later.

Another Ellis basket gave OHS a 5-4 advantage with 4:20 left before a Kory Bauer 3-pointer with 2:58 for the opening quarter gave the Dutchmen their last lead of the period before trailing 13-12 after eight minutes of basketball.

Trailing 18-14 with 5:55 until halftime, a Sean Irwin 3-pointer and a Caleb Gray basket in the span of :40 put Owensville back in front 19-18 with 4:10 left in the first half from OHS.

That was the last time they would lead as a Nate Bray bucket with 1:40 for the half gave Salem a 20-19 halftime lead.

Irwin had seven first-half points to lead the Dutchmen. Carter Chilton had eight first-half points to pace Salem’s Tigers on offense.

Able to keep the game in single digits throughout the third quarter, Owensville went into the fourth quarter facing a 36-29 deficit against the visiting Tigers.

Down 47-38 with 2:21 left, that was the last time OHS kept the game in single digits before Salem closed the game on a 10-3 going on to take the third-place plaque back to Dent County.

Irwin led the Dutchmen with 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Michael Lahmeyer and Gray each added six points.

Cody Rictor scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lead the Tigers. Carter Chilton also added a double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for Salem.

Reese Dodson and Bray each just missed double digits for Salem scoring nine points apiece.