BATESVILLE — The Oldenburg Academy boys’ basketball team kicked off the new season at home Tuesday evening.
The Twisters were put the test right away as they hosted the Switzerland County Pacers.
Unclear of what to expect with the graduation of the team’s two leading scorers, it seems apparent the focus is on the defensive end to start the season.
The Twisters held the visiting Pacers under 50 points, but came up short 46-38.
“I thought we played great,” OA head coach Gary Moorman commented. “It was probably one of the best defensive games we have played since I have been here.”
The Twisters held Switz to seven first quarter points and led by three. Three-point baskets by Matty Hurm and Corey Reynolds help push OA out in front.
The Pacers began to find the range at the offensive end in the second quarter. Ritch hit a trio of 3-pointers as SC outscored Oldenburg 15-6 to take a six point lead into halftime.
Oldenburg bounced back in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 31-29. A pair of field goals by Josh Stenger and Pete Lamping, along with three free throws by Ted Geis, sparked the offense.
As Lamping fouled out the Twisters lost a big defensive presence in the post. The Pacers were able to capitalize and went on to outscore OA 15-9 to secure the victory.
Reynolds finished with a team high 12 points for Oldenburg, while Lamping added eight. Stenger and Geis helped get the job done under the basket with four rebounds apiece.
In addition to the team’s success at the defensive end, a key to keeping the game close was OA’s ability to take care of the basketball. As a team, Oldenburg committed only 10 turnovers.
The Twisters will return to action on Saturday when they travel to South Decatur.