Scoring droughts costly as Shiners lose homecoming and battle at Oldenburg


The first win of the season continues to elude the Rising Sun Shiners after a pair of losses last week.

The Shiners hosted New Washington in Rising Sun’s annual homecoming game on Friday, December 16th and lost 51 to 40.

Rising Sun Coach Chris Jones and his squad showed they could control the game against New Washington’s 6’7″ Stevie Mack as they sported a 13 to 9 lead after one quarter.

Noah Pflum took the ball right at the Mustangs big man to give Rising Sun the lead on two of his seven points.

Leading scorer Nick Koons scored seven of his team high 13 points in the second quarter as the Shiners posted a 10 point lead (25 to 15) before

6’3″ senior Zach Moore and Mack cut the gap to 25 to 19 at the half.

After halftime, Mack and Moore got on track inside and scored seven straight to give the Mustangs their first lead since 7 to 5.

New Washington’s inside tandem continued to add to the lead at the free throw line. The Shiners had just six turnovers but three straight helped fuel the momentum.

The Shiners scrapped for all they could get as the game was physical capped by a jump ball involving Tristan Brown wrestling at mid-court with 1:39 left in the quarter. Cooler heads prevailed.

Brent Turner’s offensive rebound gave the Shiners their only points of the third quarter to end a 21-0 New Washington run. The Shiners trailed 40 to 27 headed into the final quarter. They were 1-for-9 shooting in the quarter.

Rising Sun got as close as 11 on a basket by Koons to open the final quarter but Mack smacked back to back blocks to deter any inside Shiner attack.

A Brown 3-pointer helped but senior Hunter Lind (saddled with foul trouble) scored seven points and free throws by Brandon Horton upped the lead to 16. A pair of Koons free throws and a Brown 3-pointer closed out the game.

Koons finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Pflum had seven points, two rebounds and an assist. Brown added six points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Jason McClellan added five points, two rebounds,an assists and a steal. Turner finished with four points, three rebounds an assist and a steal. Angelo Gallegos had a 3-poointer, a rebound and assist. Trenton Gridley had a pair of free throws and a rebound. Brandon Benning did not core but had a pair of rebounds.

Moore led New Washington with a game high had 16. Mack finished with 14. Lind and Horton had seven each.

The physical contest saw the Mustangs connect on 10-for-13 at the line to 7-for-8 by the Shiners. Rising Sun was 14-for-46 including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. New Washington was 19-for-36 from the field.

Rising Sun traveled to Oldenburg on Saturday and dropped another 11 point decision 41 to 30.

The score was tied 7 to 7 after one quarter before the Shiners were shutout 19 to 0. They trailed 26 to 7 at the half.

The Shiners’ offense and intensity picked up in the third quarter as they put on a 13 to 4 run to cut the deficit to 29 to 20 headed into the fourth quarter.

Three pointers by Koons and Pflum cut the lead to three before a slam dunk by OA’s Ben Kinker.

Turner scored and Rising Sun trailed 33 to 30.

The turning point came when Oldenburg was assessed a technical foul when a player with blood on his uniform changed it in the bench area.

Rising Sun missed the two free throws and Oldenburg went on an 8 to 0 run to close out the win.

Pflum had three second half 3-pointers for nine points and shared team high honors with Turner. Koons had five with McClellan adding four and Jacob Bovard three.

The Shiners connected on 11-for-30 from the field including 5-for-17 from 3-point range. They had 16 turnovers .

Mike Wanstrath led Oldenburg with 14. Kinker had 13.

Rising Sun defeated New Washington’s reserves 41 to 36. They led 10 to 7 after a 3-pointer by Jake Powell. The led was 23 to 19 at the half and 31 to 29 after a Jacob Bovard 3-pointer at the end of the third.

Bovard finished with 11. Wes Rider added nine, Powell eight, Trevor Levi six, T.J, Manifold four and Doug Pedraza three.

Oldenburg defeated the Shiner reserves 40 to 30.

Jacob Johnson led Oldenburg with 12,.

Rising Sun was led by Bovard with 10, Rider seven, Powell six, Ben Irrgang three, Steve Jimenez two, and Doug Pedraza one.

The Shners will return to action in the Graber Post Buildings Tournament at North Daviess on Tuesday, December 27th. They play North Daviess at 6 p.m. The winner plays at 6 p.m. on Thursday and the loser plays Princeton (2-4) at 3 p.m. Thursday.