Eagles end Hermann Bearcats’ season in district, 85-65
By staff writer
O’Fallon Christian, hoping to do what it did the past three years when it won district basketball titles, took its first step toward a four-peat on Tuesday night at Hermann.
The Eagles were impressive in an 85-65 win over the Hermann Bearcats in the Class 3 District 6 tournament.
The Eagles, starting to get their act together after floundering just over the .500 mark, built a 20-point lead in the first half against the Bearcats and coasted to the win. They will play South Callaway on Thursday night at 7:30 in the first of two boys’ semifinal games. No. 1 seed Montgomery County will meet No. 4 seed Winfield at 6 p.m.
O’Fallon Christian, a nondenominational Christian school in St. Charles County that graduated its first high school class in 1994, couldn’t miss in the first half as it built a 43-25 cushion at the break. The Eagles outscored the Bearcats 42-40 in the second half.
Evan Marcks and Deantrell Prince were too much for the No. 6 Bearcats. Marcks, the St. Louis area’s top 3-point shooter, poured in 24 points. He buried four 3-pointers.
Prince, an all-state football player who’s headed to Division II Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, chipped in 22 points and was a menace on defense. He was in Hermann’s passing lanes all night, creating havoc.
Senior Craig Winkelmann, a four-year starter for the Bearcats, finished his high school career with 22 points. He made 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc. Winkelmann also dished out seven assists.
Matt Hug, a sophomore, added 13 points and 6-6 junior Josh Oetterer tossed in 10 to go with nine rebounds.
Josh Schannuth, another junior, came up with six rebounds for Hermann, which finished its season at 9-16.
In other first-round games Tuesday night, South Callaway defeated Wright City, 63-59; Winfield eliminated North Callaway, 57-39; and No. 1 seed Montgomery County ousted Missouri Military Academy, 91-62. Chase Parrish, a 6-2 freshman, led Montgomery with 20 points.