Bearcats slip by Salem in first round of Owensville tournament
By staff writer
Despite missing 11 free throws in the fourth quarter, the Bearcats held off Salem, 53-49, in the first round of the Owensville basketball tournament last Wednesday.
Craig Winkelmann saved the day though by hitting his last five foul shots, and Collin Hart made his last two. Still, the Bearcats made just 11 of 22 free throws in the last quarter.
Since Jon Baumstark has been sidelined by a shoulder injury since Christmas, Coach Tim Spiers has relied on his bench, giving Josh Oetterer and Lucas Landolt more minutes of playing time.
“Josh and Lucas played their best minutes of the season, and we needed that,” said Spiers.
Baumstark is the lone senior on Hermann’s team, and is expected back in action in about a week.
Hermann trailed the Tigers 9-6 at the quarter, then outscored them 19-11 in the next period to take a 25-20 lead into intermission. Salem then regained the lead with a 14-6 scoring advantage in the third quarter before Hermann battled back. The Bearcats had their best quarter, offensively, in the fourth quarter with 22 points, but it could have been much bigger had they cashed in at the foul line.
Winkelmann and Hart each had 13 points for the Bearcats, while Matt Hug added 12 points and seven rebounds. Winkelmann and Hug had four steals apiece.
Chad Elliott had 17 points to lead Salem while Brady Floyd added 13.