In the third quarter of Friday night’s (Dec. 13) game between the host Oldenburg Academy Twisters and visiting Seton Catholic, a Cardinal player was trying to inbound under his own basket.
After throwing it directly to one of the Twisters, he shrugged at his coach and asked, “Who am I supposed to throw it to?”
This summed up the evening for the squad out of Richmond, generally frustrated on the offensive end in a 53-34 loss. The points allowed were a low-water mark for a Twister defense often near the top of that category.
Getting out to a 15-point lead early in the second quarter, the home team went scoreless for over five minutes as the Cardinals crept back to make it a one-possession game at halftime.
As slowly as things progressed for the Twisters before the break, the exact opposite occurred in the third canto. Oldenburg scored at will to go ahead 44-28, a lead that ballooned to 20 just one minute into the fourth.
OA led off the game’s scoring with a short shot by senior Zach Wegman and tip-in by junior Wil Freeland. Seton’s 6-foot-5 junior Jake Moynihan sandwiched two baskets around a lay-in by junior Andrew Oesterling, but the guests were shut out the rest of the stanza.
Meantime, senior Dempsy Bohman hit a three from the corner and Freeland passed to Wegman for a bucket. Senior Jake Johnson pulled up for a triple in transition and Oesterling’s steal and conversion preceded a scoreless 2:26 to end the first frame.
Johnson went for three to make it 19-4 in the second. Still not utilizing a timeout despite the deficit, SC head coach Josh Jurgens instead watched as Moynihan and fellow junior Sam Casper combined for the next 13 points (three 3-pointers).
Bohman (sophomore Abe Streator assist) scored late in the half before Casper’s three cut it to 22-20 by the break.
In the interval between halftime and Seton calling timeout at the 7:10 mark, the Twisters had poured in seven straight on Bohman’s baseline jumper, Johnson’s traditional 3-point play and a Wegman field goal. OA outscored Seton 15-8 in the period’s final seven minutes.
Johnson took a brief break from scoring to dish a pair of assists – to Wegman for a deuce and to Oesterling on the wing for three. Oesterling soon intercepted an inbound pass at halfcourt and laid it in for a 16-point advantage at 39-23. At 2:06, Johnson got back into the scoring column with another trifecta.
A 10-footer in the paint by Johnson kicked off fourth-quarter scoring and the 6-5 Twister put in a pair from the foul line after getting shaken up on the play.
The game now out of reach at 48-28, Moynihan followed with a 3-pointer and later knocked down a shot just inside the free throw stripe. Oldenburg converted 7 of 9 charity shots for their final offensive contributions.
Johnson led all scorers with 22 points, Oesterling added 11 and Bohman and Wegman put in 8 apiece. Moynihan (19) and Casper (12) combined for all but three points for SC.
OA (3-1) welcomes Indianapolis Bishop Chatard Friday evening and travels to face Rising Sun the following night.