At the beginning of the second quarter, Owensville had possession of the ball. Keven McDowell was able to snag a quick steal, dribble down the court, and score. Owensville still had a defensive press on the boys, when Keven threw the ball in to Jon Stone, who threw it back to Keven to get through the press. Keven passed it back to Jon, so he could start dribbling it toward the basket. He then passed the ball to John Fleer, who scored two more points. At the end of the second quarter, the score was 18 - 16, with New Haven in the lead.
Then it was time for the halftime shoot-out! The first students to take on the 30-second challenge were Taylor Covington and Courtney Yowell. Their rebounders were Hannah Prussener and Andrew Menke. These girls had to shoot a lay-up, free-throw, three-point shot, and a half-court shot in order to win all of the prizes. The prizes were soda, candy, a subway meal at lunch, and then for the half-court shot, a Casey’s pizza delivered at lunch. Taylor and Courtney both will receive a six-pack of soda and a box of candy.
After halftime, it was time for the third quarter. Jon and Keven were breaking the press again by passing it back and forth down the court. Jon got the chance to dribble but had to stop because the Dutchmen had him trapped! Luckily, one of the Dutchmen slapped the ball out of Jon’s hands to where he could get possession of the ball again and dribble out of the trap to pass it to Keven. Keven then passed it to Brady, but the ball was knocked out of his possession and out of bounds. To end the third quarter, Owensville retook the lead for a score of 33 - 22.
Finally, it was fourth quarter. The Shamrocks had to do some work in order to win this game. To start it off, Brady Kruse recovered a steal on offense and got fouled on the shot to shoot two free throws. He went 2 for 2 on his shots. After Brady’s free throws, it seemed like the boys were on fire. Abe Madden made a hook shot while running under the basket; Keven drove to the basket for a shot and got fouled but made both of his free throws. Once again, Brady got a steal and drove to the basket to make another two points. Keven was also able to make a steal with 54 seconds left and got fouled on the shot. He made one of his free throws, making the score 34 - 33, a close game. The game was still close with 10 seconds left , but with 6.6 seconds left, the Shamrocks took the lead when John Fleer made a shot from the block.
At the end of the JV game, Zack Vedder stated, “I felt like we played good because we didn’t allow any offensive rebounds, and we played good defense. We did what we had to do.”
The Varsity game was just as exciting as the JV game. The starters were Brandon Carey, Jared Horstman, Kyle Ruediger, Will Soete, and Justin Shockley. The Shamrocks had the ball and started to run a play when Jared got passed the ball. Jared was tripped and started to fall, but he was able to throw the ball up as a pass to Justin. Justin was able to score and tie the game at 6 - 6. When Owensville regained possession of the ball, Will stole it. He was able to dribble down the court to score two points, putting the Shamrocks in the lead at the end of the first quarter, 12 - 9.
As the second quarter started, both teams were going up and down the court and scoring points, one right after another. Midway through the quarter, Will was starting a play. He noticed that Brandon was open and passed it to him. Brandon then saw that Kyle was open and passed it to him. Then to end the quarter, Kyle dribbled in for the shot and made the score 20 - 17 New Haven.
It was then time for the second halftime shoot-out. This time, Tenille Duessler and Emma Englebrecht were put to the challenge. Emma and Tenille were both able to score the six-pack of soda, and box of candy, but Emma also got the Subway lunch deal.
When the game resumed, Kyle was able to score the most points during the third quarter. First, he got passed the ball and dribbled in for the shot. As he jumped up for the shot, he was fouled. This caused him and his defender both to fall to the floor. Kyle made one out of his two free-throws. Later on in the quarter, Kyle was able to get a steal while on defense. He then dribbled down the court to score two more points. At the end of the quarter, the score was tied at 29 - 29.
Now the boys were in the fourth and final quarter and found a way to break the tie. Kyle got fouled three times to make 5 out of 6 free throws. Jared fouled out with 2 minutes and 9 seconds left in the game. Cameron made an rebound off of one of Will’s shots. Will shot the ball and missed, but Cameron was right there to swoop in and get the ball back up to the basket to make two more points. At the end of the game, the Shamrocks were in the lead with only seconds left. The Dutchmen had possession of the ball, and they scored another two points as the buzzer sounded. These two points weren’t enough to beat the Shamrocks, who won the game 45 - 40.
After the boys finished, Michael Mckernan remarked, “I felt pretty good because it was our first conference win!” Michael went on to say how Coach Peirick was also very happy about this conference win.
Andrew Menke was also excited: “I thought it was a really good win for us. We could’ve played better, but it was nice to have Kyle back at 100%. I hope we can keep building on that momentum,” Andrew expressed.
After this game, the boys only have one more home and conference game left on Friday, February 13, against the Sullivan Eagles.
-by Abby Perdue