Dutchmen hoops swept in opener by Newburg

Will Johnson

Opening their season last Tuesday hosting Newburg’s Wolves, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville Dutchmen basketball team looked to start their season on a winning note.

Scoring first at the 7:40 mark of the first quarter, OHS had an early 2-0 lead that lasted just over a minute.

From there, Newburg (1-1) turned a handful of Dutchmen turnovers into points and a 55-23 win in Gasconade County.

“We struggled to score tonight,” Rehmert said. “

Taking a pass from Sean Irwin, Dutchmen senior post player Michael Lahmeyer scored the first two points of the season for OHS basketball.

Over the next four minutes, the visiting Wolves scored 12 unanswered points before an Irwin basket stopped the bleeding at the 3:32 mark of the opening period.

Closing the quarter on a 7-3 run, Owensville (0-1) trailed Newburg 15-9 after eight minutes.

During the second quarter, a bucket and free throw from Lahmeyer along with a Cason Gray basket was all the scoring OHS could muster before going into halftime trailing Newburg, 32-14.

Lahmeyer led Owensville with six first-half points.

Ending the first half on an 8-1 run, Newburg put up six of the first eight points to open the third quarter.

A Trevor Abernathy basket at the 6:24 mark of the third period ended a nearly nine-minute drought between field goals for Rehmert’s Dutchmen.

Only able to add seven points in the third quarter, Owensville went into the final eight minutes trailing Newburg, 46-21.

Seeing Newburg score the first seven points in the final quarter, Irwin spoiled the Wolves’ bid for a fourth-quarter shutout by scoring with 1:11 remaining.

Lahmeyer paced the Dutchmen offense just missing double figures with nine points.

Adding four points each were the OHS trio of Gray, Irwin and Abernathy.

Gray pulled down a team-high eight rebounds while Kory Bauer and Abernathy both recorded a team-high three steals.

Irwin, Gray and Lahmeyer each also dished out an assist.

Ryan Terry led Newburg and all scorers with a game-high 18 points. Landen Callahan also reached double figures for the Wolves with 12 points.

Owensville opened play at the Eugene Tournament last night (Tuesday) against School of the Osage. More from that game and the rest of the tournament can be seen in next week’s Republican.

JV Dutchmen vs. Newburg

Trailing 21-18 at halftime, Danny Mundwiller’s Owensville JV Dutchmen basketball team nearly rallied from being down as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Unable to overcome an 11-1 in the second half, OHS could not come from behind during a 43-36 loss in junior varsity action against Newburg.

Seeing four lead changes in the first seven minutes, Owensville and Newburg ended the first quarter in a 10-10 tie.

Macen Blankenship and Daxton Mehrhoff gave OHS leads of 2-0 and 4-2 respectively during the first two minutes of the game.

Macen scored again at the 4:00 mark of the opening quarter giving the JV Dutchmen a 6-5 lead.

Trailing 10-8 with less than a minute for the first quarter, Jacob Barch scored to knot the game at 10-10 after one period.

Moments into the second quarter, OHS freshman Austin Terry hit a free throw putting OHS back in front, 11-10.

With 5:10 until halftime, sophomore Justin Garner gave Owensville a 13-12 advantage in what would turn out to be the last time they would lead in the game.

Outscored 9-5 the rest of the quarter, OHS went into halftime trailing the visiting JV Wolves 21-18.

Macen Blankenship, Garner, Barch and Mehrhoff each had four first-half points to lead the JV Dutchmen.

Only able to muster five third-quarter points, OHS found themselves down 10 points to Newburg by a score of 33-23 with seven minutes of basketball to play.

Trailing 38-24 with under three minutes left, Dutchmen freshman guard Zaid Epstein shot Owensville right back into the game.

Hitting back-to-back 3-point shots, Epstein cut Newburg’s lead back into single digits by a score of 38-30 with 2:04 remaining.

Down nine with 48.9 left, back-to-back buckets from Garner and Epstein pulled OHS back within five at 41-36 with 18.3 remaining in regulation.

Unable to score anymore, Owensville’s fourth-quarter rally came up just short.

Epstein and Garner each netted eight points to pace the Dutchmen offense.

Mehrhoff followed close behind with seven points. Barch, Macen Blankenship and Terry each added four markers.

Michael Miles capped the JV Dutchmen scoring with a second-quarter free throw for one point.

To go with his seven points, Mehrhoff also grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Blankenship dished out a team-high three assists.

Leading the way on defense, Epstein, Mehrhoff and Miles each posted two steals.

Along with competing in the New Haven JV Boys Basketball Tournament throughout the week, Mundwiller’s JV Dutchmen will host Belle as part of the junior varsity basketball doubleheader Friday night at OHS beginning with the JV girl’s contest at 5:30 p.m.