SHELBYVILLE – The seniors on the court for Oldenburg Academy desperately tried to prolong their season beyond Tuesday's (March 2) opening round of the Class A sectional at Southwestern High School in Shelby County.

Trailing 6th-ranked Morristown by five with 34.3 seconds left, Andrew Oesterling, Wil Freeland and Pros Moorman nearly willed the Twisters to an upset before falling 42-41. It was OA's first postseason loss in two years and a rematch of last year's sectional championship game.

With only two fouls for each side late in the game, the Twisters had to foul in succession to get up to the bonus. The Yellow Jackets' leading scorer – for the season and game with 16 – Drake Moore hit both foul shots to make it 40-35. Freeland then drained a three from the top of the key ahead of two more free throws by Moore.

At 42-38, Oesterling kicked one out to Moorman for a perfect triple and coach Gary Moorman called timeout with 11.9 showing. On the ensuing inbound play, Oesterling stole the pass and made a wild save gathered in by Freeland; the latter fired a shot from about 18 feet that rimmed in and out. Kyle Crim, a 1,000-point career scorer for the Jackets, cleared the board and dribbled the length of the court as time ran out on OA.

A nice reverse layup by Oesterling had the Twisters ahead 33-31 early in the fourth quarter but a drive by Quinton Batton quickly knotted things. A jumper for Moore preceded Freeland's curl in the lane for a 35-35 tie. On the next possession, Moore sent the Yellow Jackets ahead for good with a 3-pointer.
Almost five scoreless minutes passed as Morristown played keepaway with the Twister defense.

The game started slowly as well, with neither team denting the scoreboard until a steal led to a basket for the Jackets' Sawyer Jones at 5:48 of the first frame. Oesterling found junior Nick Folop for the tying score. It wasn't until the 3:20 mark when the score changed again, Moore hitting from downtown.
OA surged ahead behind an Oesterling field goal and Moorman's 3-pointer off an Abe Streator assist. Late in the period, the Freeland to Streator combination produced two lay-ins and an 11-7 Twister lead.

The advantage held for a good chunk of the second quarter. A baseline move by Freeland made it 13-10 and Oesterling's steal and score later put OA up 15-13. Crim, though, buried a go-ahead three and Moorman quickly called timeout. The shooting guard Moorman intercepted a pass at 1:43 and went in for two for an 18-17 deficit at halftime.

When play resumed, OA worked its offense well to get a Moorman 3-pointer from the side and a 20-18 advantage. Consecutive hoops by Jones sent MHS back in front by two before Oesterling dished to Streator for a tying basket. With 3:40 on the clock, Crim hit another long-range shot.

Morristown had its largest lead at five (27-22) when Moore converted down low. Unfazed, the Twisters got back-to-back 3s by Freeland and Folop to flip the lead. Oesterling completed the 9-0 run with a traditional 3-point play, the first of the senior trio's 13 straight points for OA. The Jackets tied the game in the final minute of the stanza.

Moorman led the Twisters with 11 points and Freeland adding 10 and Oesterling 9. Crim put in 11 for Morristown.

OA finished the year at 6-12 as Nicholas Hoff and Riley Schebler are other seniors leaving the Twister program.

Morristown suffered a 68-67 double-overtime loss to the host Spartans in Saturday's championship game.

Scoring
OA (6-12) – Oesterling 9, Folop 5 (3), Streator 6, Freeland 10 (2-3s), Moorman 11 (3-3s)
MHS (19-4) – Moore 16 (2-3s), Crim 11 (2-3s), Nick Stidham 5, Jones 8, Batton 2