Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

March 9, 2014

Twisters win first sectional title in boys basketball

OA defeats Rising Sun 53-37

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

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Recently, it has become a season of firsts for the Oldenburg Academy boys varsity basketball team.

The Twisters secured their first winning season with a victory over Hauser in the opening round of the sectional tournament.

As a result of the Hauser win, they moved to the semifinals of tournament against Jac-Cen-Del. A win over the Eagles on Friday set up a chance to play for the school first sectional title in the sport.

And coach Gary Moorman's squad took full advantage.

The Twisters (13-9) defeated the Rising Sun Shiners (6-17) by a score of 53-37. It is the second this season OA beat the Shiners. The first time was an 11 point victory at Rising Sun.

The Twisters set the pace early and led 9-5 at the end of the first quarter.

The Shiners answered with their best eight minutes of basketball in the second quarter. Rising Sun outscored the Twisters 13-5 to take a four point lead into the halftime break.

Coach Gary Moorman's crew used the break in action to their advantage and bounced back in the third quarter. The Twisters scored 18 points and regained the advantage. Oldenburg eliminated the four point halftime deficit and turned it into a 32-26 lead.

The Twisters put the game away with a solid fourth quarter. Offensively, Oldenburg put up 21 points and held the Shiners to only 11.

The comfortable lead allowed the Twisters some time in the fourth quarter to enjoy winning the school's first boys basketball sectional title.

Oldenburg guard Matt Moorman led the way offensively with 17 points, while Kurt Sarringhaus was second on the team with 16. Ted Geis was also in double figures with 12 points.

The victory over Rising Sun makes the Twisters only one of 16 teams remaining in the Class A tournament.

The Twisters will next be in action on Saturday in the Class A regional held at Martinsville High School. Oldenburg will play the Clay City Eels (18-6) in the first round at noon. Greenwood Christian (18-5) and Indianapolis Metropolitan (9-15) will play in the other half of the bracket at 10 a.m.

OA beats Eagles in semis

The Twisters earned a berth in the championship game with a 61-56 victory over Jac-Cen-Del in the semifinal round.

A good start was key for the Twisters and they got it. Oldenburg led 11-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The two teams played relatively even in the second quarter, which resulted in a 19-14 halftime lead for the Twisters.

Oldenburg came out in the third quarter and hit some big shots. A 21 points offensive effort allowed the Twisters to build on their lead. Coach Moorman's squad entered the final eight minutes of play with a 40-29 advantage.

Jac-Cen-Del's Evan Borgman did his part as the Eagles put up 27 points in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Twisters, shots were falling for them as well.

The Eagles were able to cut six points off the margin, but it was not enough as the Twisters held on for the five point victory. Moorman hit 8-of-9 free throws in four quarter to help preserve the victory.

Oldenburg finished with four players scoring in double figures. Cory Schuman had a good night with six 3-pointers for 18 points followed by Moorman with 17. Sarringhaus and Matty Hurm scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Championship game

Oldenburg Academy (53) Bischoff 0, Schuman 3, Hurm 2, Gramman 0, Moorman 17, Geis 12, Sarringhaus 16, Kloepfer 3, Ahaus 0, Rose 0, Hogg 0.

Rising Sun (37) Armstrong 9, Wagner 0, Uhlmansick 15, McClellan 0, Morris 0, Armstrong 3, Murray 3, Brown 0, Candon 3, Eldridge 0, Sporleder 4.