Last-second shot denies Dutchmen homecoming victory

Will Johnson

Poised to deny Hermann a sweep of both the junior varsity and varsity doubleheaders last week, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville varsity Dutchmen basketball team picked the wrong time to go cold on offense during their homecoming showdown Friday night with the visiting Bearcats.

Leading by as much as nine in the second half, OHS was held to four fourth-quarter points before Hermann’s Rhet Scheidegger put back his own miss at the buzzer spoiling Owensville’s homecoming, 38-36.

“We just didn’t have enough offense in the fourth quarter,” Rehmert said. “This was a tough one for us to not win. We’ll look to get back in the win column next week.”

Falling behind 4-0 in the opening minutes of the game, Wyatt Ellis and Michael Lahmeyer each scored in the span of a minute to tie the game at 4-4 with 4:35 for the first quarter.

Down 7-4 seconds later, Ellis scored Owensville next four points giving them their first lead of the game at 8-7.

Another Ellis free throw and two from Brady Smith helped the Dutchmen to an 11-10 lead after eight minutes of basketball.

Trailing 16-14 with 6:15 until halftime, senior Sean Irwin made his presence felt after he was crowned 2018 Winter Homecoming King.

Drilling a 3-pointer at the 5:11 mark of the second quarter, Irwin gave the Dutchmen a 16-14 lead.

Playing through two ties later in the quarter, a Tony Terry Jr., put back at the first-half buzzer gave Owensville a 23-19 halftime lead over the visitors from Hermann.

Ellis paced the Dutchmen offense with nine first-half points.

Scoring the final four points of the first half, OHS picked up right where they left off to start the second half.

Behind points from Ellis (2), Irwin (2) and Lahmeyer (1), Owensville opened the second half on a 5-0 run giving them their biggest lead of the game by nine points at 28-19 with 5:20 for the third quarter.

Trading buckets with Hermann the rest of the quarter, OHS found themselves eight minutes from homecoming victory with a 32-27 lead after three quarters.

Only able to get baskets from Trevor Abernathy and Terry in the final eight minutes, Owensville saw their homecoming victory hopes dashed on a last-second put back at the buzzer.

Held to two second-half points, Ellis paced the Dutchmen with a team-high 11 points. Irwin followed with seven points followed by six markers from Smith.

Chet Moeckli led Hermann and all scorers with 16 points. Trent Anderson also found double figures for the Bearcats with 12 points.

Thursday night in the junior varsity contest, Danny Mundwiller’s JV Dutchmen fell to Hermann, 47-20. Austin Terry led the JV Dutchmen with eight points.

Last Tuesday night on the road in Bourbon, Owensville made it two wins in two nights against Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) foes.

Breaking open a 16-14 halftime lead, the JV Dutchmen went on to defeat Bourbon 53-34 behind 13 points from Macen Blankenship.

In varsity action from Warhawk country, extra basketball was needed to decide a winner.

Pushed to double overtime, OHS held on for a 69-67 victory in varsity action from Bourbon.

Irwin led three Dutchmen in double figures with 17 points. Abernathy (16) and Lahmeyer (15) also reached double figures for Owensville.