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Chamois Pirates scuttle Bearcats’ hopes for a win Friday night

Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Hermann’s Andrew Schannuth gets off a shot before Chamois’ Aaron Brandt can arrive to defend against it.

OK, so who put the lid on the Bearcats’ basket in the 3rd quarter?
Surely, there was something foul at work in that period as the Hermann Varsity Bearcats fell Friday night 47-33 to the Chamois Pirates, a team that features one star player and a host of supporting characters — several of whom are brought up from a short-handed JV squad to round out the Varsity roster.
That big goose egg in the 3rd frame looms large as the statistics of the non-conference matchup are reviewed. All things being equal, if the ‘Cats could have matched the 15 points they put up in the 2nd quarter, the outcome would have been different.
However . . .
With Hermann junior starter Rhett Scheidegger on the bench with an injury and Chamois big man Aaron Brandt firing bombs from the perimeter and working unhindered inside, the Pirates scuttled the Varsity Bearcats’ portion of the doubleheader night of basketball that saw the Lady Bearcats’ teams in action on the home hardwood, also.
Bearcat freshman Holden Ash came off the bench to lead the home club with 14 points while sophomore center Trent Anderson collected 11.
Also scoring for Hermann were Chet Moeckli with 4 and Andrew Schannuth with 2 and Aaron Overkamp with 2.
Brandt knocked down 31 points on 4 3-pointers, 7 2-point buckets and a 5-for-5 night at the free-thrown line. Two other Pirates scored the team’s other 16 points.
The JV contest was only two quarters — cut short by an injury to a JV player and the need to save quarters for the JV players who fill out the Varsity roster.
Behind the scoring of Carter Hemeyer, the Bearcats claimed a 17-12 victory. Hemeyer had 8 points while Ash had 4; Boyd Phillips had 3 and Brody Fredrick had 2.
The Varsity Bearcats stand a 2-3 on the young season with a trip to South Callaway set for last night and a journey to St. Clair Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in the opening of Four Rivers Conference action.
Head Coach Josh Vinyard’s Varsity ‘Cats will be back on their home court Monday night to take on the Cuba Wildcats.