Hermann freshmen boys win Owensville basketball tourney
By staff writer
The Hermann 9th grade boys basketball team had a successful and busy week as they won three games in four nights to capture the championship of the Owensville Tournament last week.
The Bearcats started the week with a 47- 28 victory over Union. Ross Henson led all scorers with 13 points. He was followed by Matthew Heidger and Trey McKague with 10 each. Austin Gerlemann pitched in 5 points, Kody Hackmann 4, Grant Shockley 3 and Matt Wade 2.
On Wednesday Hermann faced a tough challenge when it squared off with the Comets of Fatima. Hermann took a 5-point lead into the locker room at half time and led 38-34 at the end of the third quarter.
Fatima had the upper hand in the fourth quarter outscoring the Bearcats 19-16, but it wasn’t enough as a Fatima shot with 2 seconds left in the game was challenged by Trey McKague and fell short. Hermann walked away with a 54-53 victory in a hotly contested ball game. McKague led a balanced Hermann scoring attack by knocking down 16 points, eight coming in the fourth quarter. Henson had 11 points, Wade 10, Heidger 9, Gerlemann 5, Hackmann 2 and Edridge 1.
The Hermann boys faced the No. 1 seeded Sullivan Eagles on Thursday night in the championship game.
Sullivan jumped to an early lead in a fast paced, high scoring first quarter. Hot shooting by Heidger (8 points) and McKague (7 points) midway through the quarter brought the Bearcats back to within one at the end of the quarter 20-19.
Sullivan extended the lead to 34-30 by half time but an 8-0 run to start the third quarter put Hermann in the lead for the first time in the game.
The Bearcats turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and outscored the Eagles 18-5 to take a 48-39 lead into the final stanza. It was a lead they would not relinquish as they held off a late surge by the Eagles to post a 58-52 victory and capture the championship.
Leading the way for the Bearcats was McKague 17 points, Heidger 13, Henson 10, Hackmann 7, Eldridge 5, Wade 4, and Shockley 2. The win improved the freshman record to 8-2 for the season and avenged a buzzer-beating loss to Sullivan earlier in the year.