Monday, January 25, 2016, marked the opening day for the Hermann Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament.
In their first round of tournament play, the New Haven Shamrocks played the Dutchmen of Owensville. The Shamrocks held the lead for the first three quarters, 9-7, 17-14, and 24-21.
Freshman Martin Lewis was the lead scorer for the Shamrocks with 9 points. Junior Brady Kruse totaled 8 rebounds for the night.
In regards to what the team could improve on, senior Jared Horstmann stated, “The big thing that we need to build up in our team is confidence. We need everyone on the court to have the confidence to look to score and get stops on defense. Having confidence will help us win games.”
As a result of their loss to Owensville, the New Haven Shamrocks were set to play the Chamois Pirates, a team they had played only a week before. The game was on Thursday, January 28.
In the first quarter, the Shamrocks trailed the Pirates, 12-6. The Pirates kept their lead at halftime, 18-13. The Shamrocks amped it up in the third quarter, scoring a game high of 16 points, making the score 30-29. In the third quarter, the Shamrocks had closed the gap with the Pirates.
In the fourth quarter, however, Chamois came out on top, beating the Shamrocks, 39-36.
Junior Will Soete was the lead scorer on the night for the Shamrocks with 16 points. Senior Jared Horstmann tallied up 5 rebounds for the game.
With two losses, the Shamrocks were next headed to the 7th place game against Wright City. The game was a tight match between both teams.
In the first quarter, New Haven had the lead 11-10 against the Wildcats. By halftime, New Haven still had their one-point lead, 24-23. In the third quarter, both teams scored a total of only nine points each. Going into the fourth quarter, the Shamrocks led 33-32.
The fourth quarter brought excitement for the Shamrocks, good and bad. The Shamrocks found themselves down by two. After a timeout called by the Shamrocks, the offense was ready to go. Senior Andrew Menke made the basket that sent New Haven and Wright City into overtime.
“Going into overtime was exciting. It was our first overtime game of the year, and I knew we could beat them. I wanted it so bad, and I knew everyone else did too. We all just wanted the overtime to start so we could get the job done,” explains Andrew Menke.
Through overtime, both the Shamrocks and Wildcats battled back and forth. But, in the end, the boys of New Haven came out on top, beating Wright City, 54-52.
Junior Brady Kruse has 8 rebounds, and junior Will Soete had 15 points. Senior Jared Horstmann raked in 9 points, and Senior Andrew Menke totaled 7 on the night.
When asked how he felt after winning against Wright City, Senior Cameron Pritchett answered,”I felt proud...As a team we have been working hard. In our last few games, we’ve come so close to winning, and then in the end, we end up losing. It was nice to finally pull one out!”
The boys’ next game is Friday, February 5 against the Union Wildcats at Union High School.