Rehmert’s Dutchmen come up short in overtime

Will Johnson

ROLLA — Going into their MSHSAA Class 4, District 11 boys basketball showdown with Salem’s Tigers, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville Dutchmen were looking to avenge a 57-41 loss to their rivals from Dent County during the 29th Owensville Tournament back in early January.

Starting the game on a 9-2 run, it appeared the Dutchmen were on their way to avenge the earlier loss.

Ending up in overtime, Owensville was outscored 15-7 in the extra session seeing their season end at 8-18 following a tough 71-63 loss to the fourth-seeded Tigers.

“We fought back to force overtime and we just couldn’t get the shots to fall,” Rehmert said.

Sparked by a Trevor Abernathy 3-pointer at the 6:36 mark of the opening quarter, Owensville also got buckets from Brady Smith, Wyatt Ellis and Sean Irwin helping them to their early lead.

Over the final 1:58, Salem answered with a 7-0 run knotting the score at 9-9 after eight minutes of basketball.

On a feed from Ellis, Irwin scored giving the Dutchmen the lead back at 11-9 with 6:22 until halftime.

Trading points to open the second quarter, OHS had leads of 13-11 and 15-13 on baskets by Irwin and Abernathy respectively.

Owensville’s 15-13 lead was their last of the half as Salem ended the second quarter on a 14-5 run giving the Tigers a 27-20 halftime lead.

Abernathy paced the Dutchmen in the first half with 10 points. Going 6-6 from the free-throw line in the half, Cody Rictor led Salem with six first-half markers.

Playing from behind the majority of the third quarter, Owensville was finally able to reclaim a 36-35 lead on an Irwin basket at the 2:05 mark of the quarter. That shot capped an 8-2 run by the Dutchmen when they were down 33-28 at the 4:33 mark of the third quarter.

Down 39-36 in the closing seconds of the period, Michael Lahmeyer put back a missed shot as time expired to trim Salem’s lead to 39-38 with one quarter of regulation basketball to play.

Continuing his hot shooting on the road, Abernathy hit another 3-pointer at the 7:05 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 41-41.

Moments later, Ellis gave the Dutchmen a 43-41 lead cashing in a Tiger turnover with 6:50 left.

Seeing the lead trade hands four times in the next three minutes, Owensville tied the game again at 49-49 on an Irwin bucket with 2:13 left.

Salem then scored the next seven points getting five of them from Reese Dodson for a 56-49 advantage with :57 ticks left.

Abernathy then fired in his fifth 3-pointer of the game trimming the Tiger lead to four at 56-52 with 42.5 left in regulation.

Over 11 seconds later, Irwin splashed home a pair of free throws reducing Salem’s lead to 56-54 with 31.1 to go from Rolla.

Owensville then committed a turnover with 16.3 remaining.

Ellis went on to steal the ensuing in bounds pass turning it into a game-tying lay up with 11.0 knotting the score at 56-56.

Unable to get a shot off at the end of regulation, both teams headed to a four-minute overtime to decide a winner.

Trailing 58-56 :34 into overtime, Abernathy drilled his sixth 3-ball of the game putting the Dutchmen back in front 59-58.

Outscored 13-4 the rest of the extra session, Owensville saw their season end in overtime at the hands of Salem’s Tigers.

Abernathy led the Dutchmen and all scorers with a career-high 24 points. Irwin and Smith followed in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively.

Lawson Toman led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points.