OLDENBURG - Southwestern boys basketball was a victim of its own mistakes Friday night, falling at Oldenburg Academy, 82-53.

Since Christmas break, the Rebels have shown improvement, including three games where they gave themselves chances to win ballgames. Friday night was no exception but too many opportunities were missed as mistakes plagued the Rebels.

Southwestern's mission from the start was to use a half-court trap to speed up a patient Oldenburg offense and the plan worked early on. The Twisters struggled out of the gate, turning the ball over to the Rebels, who grabbed an early lead after points by Tristan Embs and Mathew Schwartz.

But the home team quickly turned the tables and exposed the Rebels' defensive weaknesses the rest of the quarter.

Southwestern turnovers then led to offensive opportunities and Oldenburg pounded the interior on its end to score six wide open points by forward Ted Geist and seize 25-16 lead after the first frame.

The Rebels battled back within five in the second quarter but more mistakes negated the run and the Twisters increased their advantage to 39-28 by halftime. Not only did the defense continue to struggle on the inside, but turnovers mounted and rebounding became a concern as well with Oldenburg capitalizing on numerous second chance opportunities.

Unfortunately for the visitors, those mistakes carried over into the second half as Oldenburg outscored Southwestern 43-25 over the final two quarters.

The Rebels had no problem putting up points but the inability to create stops and correct frequent mishaps on the other end paved the way for the blowout.

Colten Shepherd had a big third quarter for the Rebels scoring seven points, but the Twisters answered with 13 points by Drew Kloepfer, who helped Oldenburg take a 61-42 lead.

Tryston Wheatley scored seven points in the final quarter, but Oldenburg continued to shred Southwestern's defense, getting eight easy points from Jaeger Rose and five from Bryce Ahaus who put the game away in the opening minutes of the fourth.

Southwestern's offense continued to show signs of life despite the loss with three players reaching double figures. Shepherd led the way with 12 points. Embs and Wheatley scored 11 each.

Oldenburg (7-5), which beat Southwestern for the first time in school history, had four players in double-digits including two off the bench. Kleopfer, who played most of his minutes off the bench in the second half, led all scorers with 16 points. Geis added 14 with Matt Moorman pouring in 11. Rose came off the bench and collected 10.

Southwestern (0-13) visits Austin today. 



at Oldenburg



SOUTHWESTERN 16 12 14 11 - 53

OLDENBURG 25 14 22 21 - 82

SOUTHWESTERN (0-13) - (g)Shepherd 12, (f)Embs 11, (f)Wheatley 11, (g)Ashby 8, (c)Schwartz 5, Hayes 4, Ary 2, Adcock 0.

OLDENBURG (7-5) - Kloepfer 16, (f)Geis 14, (g)M. Moorman 11, Rose 10, (f)Sarringhaus 8, (g)Hurm 7, Hogg 6, Ahaus 5, (g)Schuman 3, N. Moorman 2, Bischoff 0, Mullen 0.

3-Point Goals - Southwestern 5 (Ashby 2, Shepherd 2, Embs 1), Oldenburg 7 (Kloepfer 3, Schuman 1, Hurm 1, Moorman 1, Sarringhaus 1). Total Fouls - Southwestern 17, Oldenburg 19. Free Throws - Southwestern 14-19, Oldenburg 8-12. Fouled Out - Oldenburg:  Schuman. Next Game - Southwestern visits Austin today, Oldenburg visits Jac-Cen-Del Friday.