Rehmert’s Dutchmen hang on in FRC hoops opener

Will Johnson

Leading St. Clair’s Bulldogs 37-23 with 5:54 left in their Four Rivers Conference (FRC) hardwood opener last Tuesday night, Todd Rehmert’s Owensville Dutchmen were looking to win their FRC opener for the first time in seven years.

Getting a pair of Kory Bauer free throws with 8.8 remaining, OHS got a seven-year monkey off of their backs following a 46-42 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

“This was a huge win for us,” Rehmert said. “We have to learn how to close games out better. But I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there down the stretch when St. Clair made their run.”

Owensville opened the game on a 6-0 run behind buckets from Wyatt Ellis, Sean Irwin and Brady Smith.

Three more points from Ellis and a Michael Lahmeyer basket helped the Dutchmen to an 11-8 lead after one quarter.

Nearly holding St. Clair scoreless in the second quarter, OHS added eight points to their total to take a 19-9 halftime lead.

Adding a free throw in the second quarter, Ellis paced the Dutchmen offense with six first-half points.

Almost doubling their point total in the third quarter, Owensville closed the period on a 10-3 run behind seven points from Ellis going on to a 36-21 lead with eight minutes standing between OHS and the FRC win column.

Leading 41-30 with 4:13 left on a Trevor Abernathy free throw, the Dutchmen saw St. Clair begin to make their move.

Seeing the Bulldogs score 12 of the next 14 points, Owensville saw their lead reduced to a single point, 43-42, with 51.0 remaining in regulation.

Adding to his first-quarter bucket, Lahmeyer hit one of two free throws with 38.6 left.

Nursing a two-point lead, OHS saw a Salem 3-point attempt for the lead bounce off the rim and over the backboard with 9.7 remaining.

Following a 30-second timeout called by Rehmert, Owensville in bounded the ball to Bauer who was fouled with 8.8 left.

Calmly hitting both free throws, the Dutchmen senior made it a two-possession game helping OHS not have to wait until 2018 for a victory inside the FRC.

Ellis and Smith shared team-high scoring honors netting a baker’s dozen for 13 points each.

Wyatt also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Nine of Smith’s 13 points came in the second half before he fouled out with 1:58 remaining on a double foul.

Even though he was held to three points, Lahmeyer used his long arms to grab seven boards.

JV Dutchmen vs. St. Clair

Looking to close to 2017 portion of their season on a winning note, Danny Mundwiller’s Owensville JV Dutchmen took on St. Clair’s JV Bulldogs open basketball action last Tuesday night at OHS.

Trailing 36-34 with 1:05 left on a Zaid Epstein basket, Mundwiller’s JV Dutchmen saw St. Clair score the final seven points to hand Owensville a 43-34 loss.

Helped by a Justin Garner 3-pointer in the first quarter, OHS took a 9-6 lead after seven minutes of basketball.

Scoring five of Owensville’s eight second-quarter points, Austin Terry helped the JV Dutchmen go into halftime trailing the JV Bulldogs, 19-17.

Terry added six points in the third quarter to leave Owensville trailing St. Clair 29-23 going into the fourth quarter.

Finishing with a team-high 11 points, Terry nearly amassed a double double with eight rebounds.