A pair of teams that have routinely populated the Class A Indiana top-10 for the last few years met again Saturday night (Dec. 7) at Oldenburg Academy.
The host Twisters came in as the 10th-favorite team among pollsters, while the visiting Morristown Yellow Jackets were 7th. On this night, OA was the superior team, winning 69-56.
The Jacket defense had Jake Johnson circled on the scouting report, but the senior still pumped in 35 points; 22 of those came in the second half.
Tied at 47 after three quarters of play, the Twisters used a 12-0 run to finally wrest control of a game that was nip-and-tuck almost from the opening tip.
Johnson started the streak by landing a deep two just ahead of the third-period buzzer, then opened the fourth with a scoring drive. Junior Pros Moorman found himself wide open beyond the arc and hit nothing but net. With 4:58 remaining in the game, sophomore Nick Folop grabbed a loose ball and shot it ahead to junior Andrew Oesterling for a 55-47 lead. After a Morristown timeout, Johnson hit both ends of a 1-and-1.
The Jackets made it a 7-point game on three separate occasions, answering a bucket by Folop with just under two minutes left and getting a 3-pointer from Sawyer Jones at the 1:08 mark.
Oldenburg, already in the double bonus, was given eight free throw attempts in the final 60-plus seconds. The Twisters hit six to stretch the final margin into double digits.
Though he didn’t score his first point until late in the first quarter, Johnson earned a trio of assists in the meantime. The first went to senior Zach Wegman for the game’s first points.
The first of six 3-pointers by Morristown’s Drake Moore gave the Jackets an early 5-2 advantage. After senior Dempsy Bohman’s field goal, MHS’ Kyle Crim hit from deep. An interior score by Trevon Carlton made it 10-4, but Johnson found Wegman for three and the latter added a baseline drive.
A kick-out three by Moore put MHS up 15-9. OA answered with a Bohman FG (Johnson ast.), 1-of-2 free throws for Johnson, then Johnson’s step-up triple with time running out in the first.
When play resumed, the Twisters extended what would become a 13-point run by getting five straight points from Johnson and two Moorman foul shots. Jackets’ coach Scott McClelland called timeout at 4:54, his team down 22-15.
Momentum swung the way of Morristown out of the break, the Jackets scoring 10 unanswered points – the last six on Moore 3-pointers.
Johnson tied the game at 25 with his own 3-ball and made 1 of 2 at the stripe for the narrowest of leads at intermission.
In an action-packed third quarter, there were five ties and three lead changes.
Crim put the Jackets up by one early in the frame and followed his basket with a traditional 3-point play. Bohman hit a 12-footer to make it 30-28 and Johnson later got OA within one with a 3-point play.
After a Morristown timeout, Wegman found Johnson on an inbound play for the Twister lead. MHS responded with a 3-point combination from Matty Livezey before Folop tied it at 35.
Johnson traded threes with Moore and free throws with Jones to keep it knotted at 40. Another Moore three preceded Wegman’s follow-in of his own miss. A Wegman trey tied the game at 45 before a steal and breakaway by Crim.
Wegman finished with 14 points and Bohman added 6. Moorman and Oesterling had 5 each and Folop 4. Moore had a 20-point effort for MHS, with Crim and Carlton scoring 14 and 12, respectively.
Oldenburg (2-1) hosts Seton Catholic Friday night.
AT EDINBURGH (Dec. 6)
The Twisters won going away Friday evening over the Edinburgh Lancers, 65-39. Travis Jones scored 13 points for the winless Lancers.