OMS Dutchmen sweep county hardwood bragging rights

Will Johnson

Defeating Pacific last Thursday on the home court at Owensville Elementary School, Mark Jett and Bruce Paneitz’s seventh-grade Dutchmen basketball team welcomed Hermann’s Bearcats to town Monday night for a Gasconade County bragging rights hardwood showdown.

Needing a Charlie Whelan lay up and a Rane Rehmert blocked shot in the final 10 seconds, Owensville erased a 32-29 fourth-quarter deficit going on to a 39-36 victory over the visitors from northern Gasconade County.

Whelan opened the scoring in the first four seconds of the game before Hermann scored the next five points for a 5-2 lead at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter.

Dutchmen buckets from Bryce Payne, Rane Rehmert and Will Mentz tied the game at 8-8 before a Parker Anderson 3-point play gave Hermann an 11-10 lead after six minutes of basketball at OES.

Trailing 19-14 at the 3:15 mark of the second quarter, Rane’s brother Reese Rehmert took over the scoring for both teams the remainder of the first half.

Scoring six points in the span of a minute, a pair of free throws from Reese at the 1:47 mark of the second quarter sent the Dutchmen into halftime with a 20-19 lead.

Putting in Owensville’s first five points of the second half, Payne helped his Dutchmen team to a 25-21 lead at the 3:52 mark of the third quarter.

Hermann answered with a 7-0 run for a 28-25 lead capped by a Gavin Hackmann bucket at the 2:25 mark of the third quarter.

Even though Anderson picked up his fourth foul with 1:50 for the third quarter, he scored Hermann’s final points of the quarter helping the Bearcats to a 30-29 lead with six minutes of basketball left from southern Gasconade County.

Moments into the fourth quarter, Anderson scored again giving Hermann a 32-29 lead with 5:43 remaining.

Similar to how he started the third quarter, Payne answered with a bucket and a 3-pointer giving the Dutchmen a 34-32 lead with 3:55 left in the game.

Seconds before he fouled out, Reese Rehmert banked in a 3-pointer to give Owensville a 37-32 lead with 3:33 left.

Able to hold on to that lead the rest of the game, OMS held on for Gasconade County bragging rights in seventh-grade action.

Payne paced the Dutchmen offense with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot.

Reese Rehmert joined Payne in double figures with 11 points. He added three steals, two assists and two rebounds before fouling out.

Whelan added six points followed by the trio of Austin Luecke, Rane Rehmert and Mentz each chipped in two points to round out the scoring for the seventh-grade Dutchmen against Hermann.

Anderson led the Bearcats and all scorers with a game-high 18 points. He completed the double double with 10 rebounds.

Gavin Hackmann just missed double figures with nine points for Hermann’s seventh graders.

OMS 8th grade vs. Hermann

Suffering their first loss of the season last Thursday by a score of 34-23 to Pacific, Kris Altemeyer’s eighth-grade Dutchmen looked to sweep the Gasconade County hoops doubleheader and start a new winning streak at the same time.

Needing every point in a 23-0 run that spanned over the second and third quarters, Owensville survived a 14-0 fourth-quarter run from Hermann to complete the sweep by a score of 36-23.

In the opening quarter, Dutchmen baskets from Brendan Decker and Austin Lowder gave OMS leads of 2-0 and 4-2 respectively

Seeing Hermann’s Seth Hackmann give the Bearcats a 5-4 with :07 ticks for the quarter, Owensville had a quick answer.

Decker beat the first-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer giving the eighth-grade Dutchmen a 7-5 lead after six minutes of basketball.

Hackmann hit a free throw for Hermann to open the second-quarter scoring with 4:57 until halftime.

Leading 7-6 at that point, Owensville rattled off 12 unanswered points to close the first half.

Ashton Kramme converted an old-fashioned 3-point play hitting a free throw after he was fouled making a basket at the 2:04 mark of the second quarter.

Logan Evans and Brandt followed with consecutive 3-point shots before Evans pulled a Decker  beating the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer helping OMS to a 19-6 halftime lead in the eighth-grade contest.

Picking up right where they left off to open the second half, Owensville scored the first 11 points of the third quarter getting four each from Brandt and Decker along with an Austin Lowder basket for a 30-6 lead at the 2:52 mark of the period.

Hackmann ended a nearly nine-minute scoring draught with a 3-point play at the 1:34 mark of the quarter. This left Hermann trailing the host Dutchmen 30-9 with one quarter of basketball to play.

Kenny Hoener and Brock Shockley each hit a 3-pointer for Hermann to open the fourth quarter and trim OMS’ lead to 30-15 with 5:02 remaining.

Making things even more interesting, the Bearcats got five more points from Hackmann and a 3-pointer from Eldringhoff capping a 14-0 run trimming the Dutchmen lead back into single digits at 30-23 with 2:35 remaining.

Closing the game with a 6-0 run over the final 1:32 of the game, Lowder (4) and Decker (2) combined to help Owensville survive a second-half rally from Hermann to complete the doubleheader sweep Monday night from OES.

Decker led the Dutchmen with 12 points and seven rebounds followed by eight markers and five boards from Lowder.

Dezmyn Moore and Brandt both recorded three steals to pace the Dutchmen defensive attack.

Hackmann paced Hermann with 14 points and seven rebounds while the trio of Eldringhoff, Hoener and Shockley each added three points.