Highway 28 sweep

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Opening their season with Highway 28 hardwood bragging rights on the line, Owensville Middle School Dutchmen basketball teams coached by Ben Cooper and John Bunch welcomed Bland’s Bears to Owensville Elementary School Monday night for a hoops doubleheader.

Once the final buzzer sounded, OMS walked away with a pair of victories by scores of 34-26 in the seventh-grade game and 79-20 in the eighth-grade contest.

Escaping a high-scoring first quarter with a 16-10 lead over the visiting Bears, Owensville held Bland to two second-quarter points helping them to a 21-12 halftime lead.

Tanner Meyer led OMS and all scorers with six first-half points.

Limited to four points in the third quarter, the Dutchmen were outscored 7-4 by Bland trimming their lead to 25-19 with six minutes of basketball yet to be played.

Trading baskets to open the fourth quarter, Garrett Crosby, Layne Evans and Meyer scored as part of a 6-0 OMS run helping the 

Dutchmen pull away from the scrappy seventh-grade Bears and give Coach Cooper a victory in his coaching debut.

Meyer finished with a game-high 10 points to lead Owensville.

Crosby scored four points in each half giving himself eight markers for the game.

Evans scored four of his six points in the fourth quarter followed by three points from Landon Ely.

Blake Elliott, Morgun Stogsdill and Tyler Davison each chipped in two points to round out the OMS Dutchmen scoring.

Aryon Fisher led Owensville on the glass with three rebounds while Meyer added three steals and three assists to his game-high 10 points.

Bland was paced in scoring with eight points from Brayden Cadwallader.

Eighth-grade action quickly turned in Owensville’s favor from the opening tip.

Racing out to a 37-3 first-quarter lead, Bunch’s eighth-grade Dutchmen went on to a 79-20 victory in their season opener over Bland.

At the front of a balanced Dutchmen scoring attack was Bryce Payne’s game-high 30 points. He also added six rebounds and three steals to his impressive point total.

Doing all of his damage in the first half, Reese Rehmert added 14 points and a game-high six assists.

Charlie Whelan made it three Dutchmen in double figures with 12 points. He also came close to a triple double adding six rebounds and six steals.

Will Mentz just missed a double double with eight points and seven rebounds. Logan Slinkard was next with seven points and six steals.

Rane Rehmert chipped in six points while Austin Luecke and Will Lauth rounded out the Dutchmen scoring with two points each.

Starting their respective seasons off on winning notes, OMS Dutchmen basketball will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 29 at home against another Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) opponent in Steelville with a 5:30 p.m., tip off for the seventh-grade game.