The Oldenburg Academy Twisters captured their second boys basketball sectional title March 7 — and their first since 2016, noted athletic director Patrick Kolks.
The Twisters defeated the two-time defending Sectional 60 champions, the Morristown Yellow Jackets, 54-46.
The OA team triumphed over Hauser in the first round 42-39, then rolled over Jac-Cen-Del 61-41 in the semifinals March 6.
The sectional ended the way the Twisters wanted it to, but the final game didn’t begin how they wanted it to, Kolks pointed out. The OA players found themselves in an early hole as Morristown came out and hit their first four shots, three of them being from beyond the arc.
The Jackets led by 8 after the first quarter, 22-14. It was a low scoring second quarter as the Jackets took a 9-point lead into the locker room 28-19.
When asked what he said to the team at halftime, coach Gary Moorman said, “I told them that everything will start to balance out. Morristown came out and was shooting the lights out. The guys just had to keep fighting.”
That’s exactly what the Twisters did. They kept shooting, kept fighting and chipping away. With 2:14 left in the third quarter, OA was within striking distance, down 32-27. The Twisters closed out the third quarter on a 7-3 run, and found themselves down by 1 heading into the final frame 34-35.
It didn’t take long for the Twisters to flip that deficit into a lead. Within the first minute and 33 seconds, they went on an 8-2 run, causing the Yellow Jackets to use a timeout. From then on, the Twisters never relinquished the lead. As the final buzzer sounded, the Twister fan base erupted and the coach took a sigh of relief.
The team advances to play Saturday, March 14, at Martinsville High School against the No. 3 Greenwood Christian Cougars at noon.
The International Gryphons, Indianapolis, face the Bloomfield Cardinals at 10 a.m. and the winner of each game will play for the regional championship at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 per session or $10 for both sessions.