Sullivan ends Dutchmen hoops season in district opener

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

After their Dutchgirl counterparts got revenge against Sullivan’s Lady Eagles for spoiling their senior night, Todd Rehmet’s Owensville Dutchmen basketball team looked to avenge a 79-45 senior-night loss to the Sullivan Eagles.

Facing SHS in first-round action from Union High School and the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 4, District 10 Boys Basketball Tournament, the Dutchmen were well aware of Sullivan’s ability to get hot and stay hot from beyond the 3-point arc.

Seeing the Eagles drain six first-quarter 3-pointers, Owensville managed to keep the deficit in single digits trailing 20-12 after one quarter from UHS.

From there, the Dutchmen did not have enough answers for Sullivan’s potent offense seeing their season end at 9-17 following a 67-37 loss.

“You have to tip your hat to Sullivan,” Rehmert said. “They’ve got a good basketball team and I wish them the best of luck during the rest of their season.”

Scoring eight of his 10 points in the first half Saturday, Dutchmen senior Brady Smith ended his OHS basketball career with a team-high 10 points.

Cason Gray followed closely behind Smith finish with eight points.

Trevor Abernathy added five points along with four from Daxton Mehrhoff.

Seniors Seth Mayberry and Jay Copeland both finished with three points in addition to two each from Tyler Heidbrink and Austin Terry.

Although the final outcome did not go the way of the Dutchmen during senior night last Wednesday, each of the four seniors found the scoring column before the final buzzer sounded.

Smith scored two of his six first-half points in the first quarter.

With 27.8 ticks until halftime in his final home game, Jacob Barch was fouled in the act of shooting and nailed both free throws for his only points of the game.

At the 2:50 mark of the third quarter, Copeland made it three OHS seniors in the scorebook hitting a lay up even amidst a myriad of Sullivan defenders.

Missing previous 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter, Mayberry got one to fall at the 3:27 mark of the final period before the final buzzer sounded on the final home basketball game for Dutchmen seniors Smith, Barch, Mayberry and Copeland.

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