DRIVE TIME: Shawe’s Joey Mingione (21) drives past Oldenburg’s Peter Lamping during Tuesday’s sectional game at South Decatur. Mingione scored 15 points — 11 in the fourth quarter — to lead the Hilltoppers to the 38-34 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
DRIVE TIME: Shawe’s Joey Mingione (21) drives past Oldenburg’s Peter Lamping during Tuesday’s sectional game at South Decatur. Mingione scored 15 points — 11 in the fourth quarter — to lead the Hilltoppers to the 38-34 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
WESTPORT - Shawe Memorial played Oldenburg Academy's brand of slow-down basketball for three quarters before finally pulling away for a 38-34 win in the Class A sectional opener at South Decatur on Tuesday.

The Hilltoppers struggled to put any kind of offensive pressure on an Oldenburg team that was more than happy to milk as much clock as possible.

As a result, Shawe hit only six shots from the floor over the game's first 24 minutes and managed just 20 points heading into the final quarter.

It was Joey Mingione who finally got the Hilltoppers uncorked with a drive to the basket in the opening minutes of the final period. That set off a relative scoring explosion that saw Shawe nearly double its point total and pull away for the win.

"That's how (Oldenburg) plays. If you don't jump on them early you can get caught up in that style," Shawe coach Matt Traylor said. "There were times in the first half where we had to play defense for two and a half minutes. That's a long time to be down in your stance and it's tough. And I think there times when we got tired and let them get by us."

The largest lead either team held through the first three quarters was four by Shawe late in the second quarter. The two teams were tied at every quarter break and both managed only four points each in the third period.

That changed in the fourth. Taylor Rhoten followed Mingione's bucket with a strong move to the basket to put Shawe ahead by four. The two quick baskets seem to speed Oldenburg up and the Twisters played right into the Hilltoppers' hands.

Josh Stenger answered with a jumper for Oldenburg but Mingione scored the next seven points to give Shawe its biggest lead of the game at 31-22 with 4:43 left.

Considering how few points were scored in the game, a nine-point deficit was nearly impossible to overcome. But Oldenburg did its best, hitting four 3-pointers over the final four minutes to stay in the game.

Matt Hurm's 3-pointer ended Mingione's run and after Kyle Daugherty hit a reverse layup for Shawe, Cory Schuman launched a trey from NBA range to pull the Twisters to within five at 33-28 with 2:17 left.

Oldenburg needed Shawe to miss free throws down the stretch in order to stay in the game and the Hilltoppers obliged, hitting only 3-of-6 in the final two minutes including a pair of misses on the front end of 1-and-1 opportunities.

Mingione scored on a drive to the lane to put Shawe back ahead by seven but Oldenburg's Peter Lamping hit a long desperation three with 43 seconds left to keep the Twisters in the game.

Oldenburg didn't get another meaningful basket in the game. Meanwhile, Shawe's David Grote hit three free throws in the final 41 seconds to push the lead to seven and put the game away.

Schuman hit a final 3-pointer for Oldenburg as time expired for the four-point final margin.

Mingione, who struggled for three quarters, came alive in the fourth to score 11 of his game-high 15 points to put the game away.

Mingione's big scoring output came after Rhoten scored 15 points in the first three-plus quarters to keep the Hilltoppers in the game.

"Joey just gets to the basket so well and he really put us on his back in the fourth," Traylor said. "I think Taylor really stepped up big for us. He struggled a little early but he really played well on both ends and got some huge rebounds. I don't think we find him as much as we should."

Hurm scored 10 points to lead Oldenburg before fouling out late.

Despite its struggles from the line late Shawe won the game at the foul line. The Hilltoppers were 12-of-17 from the stripe compared to just 3-of-4 for Oldenburg. The Twisters did knock down seven 3-pointers to Shawe's two.

The victory sends Shawe onto the semifinal round where it will take on host South Decatur in the second game on Friday.

The Cougars, who have the only winning record in the sectional field, beat Shawe 56-54 in mid-December on a last-second shot at the buzzer.

Traylor thinks his team has an excellent chance to beat South Decatur but Shawe must play better than it did on Tuesday if they want to advance.

"That was a game we felt we were in control of and we lost at the end," Traylor said. "I think we were a little anxious going into that game and I'm not sure we were at our best. But the game on Friday is going to be tough. We're going to have to play well."




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SHAWE 6 10 4 18 - 38

OLDENBURG 6 10 4 14 - 34

SHAWE (9-12) - (g)Mingione 15, (f)Rhoten 15, (g)Grote 3, Higgins 3, (f)Daugherty 2, (g)Ball 0, Jines 0, Fry 0, Rios 0.

OLDENBURG (4-17) - (g)Hurm 10, (g)Schuman 9, (c)Lamping 7, (f)Stenger 4, (f)Wilger 3, Drew 1, Smith 0, Cline 0.

3-Point Goals - Shawe 2 (Mingione 1, Higgins 1), Oldenburg 7 (Schuman 3, Hurm 2, Lamping 1, Wilger 1). Turnovers - Shawe 7, Oldenburg 10. Total Fouls - Shawe 8, Oldenburg 16. Free Throws - Shawe 12-17, Oldenburg 3-4. Fouled Out - Oldenburg: Hurm. Next Game - Shawe faces South Decatur in the sectional semifinals Friday. Oldenburg's season ends.