The Oran High School boys varsity team overcame an early deficit and early foul trouble to defeat the Bloomfield Wildcats on the road last night 70-55. The junior varsity picked up a 64-28 win.
In the nightcap, the Eagles trailed early on the hosts' senior night and both Cole and Max Priggel got into early foul trouble. But Oran was able to take a 17-13 lead into the second period thanks in large part to the hot shooting of Jacob Shoemaker, who scored 12 of his game-high 21 during the first 8 minutes.
At the half, the Eagles were up 8, 34-26.
The margin was still at 8, 51-33 heading into the final quarter.
Oran was able to hold the Wildcats to a dozen points during the last stanza and won by 15.
Head Coach Joe Shoemaker told the blog, "The varsity faced some adversity early between not shooting very well, foul trouble and the fact that they were pumped up for senior night, but we were able to respond and come away with a victory."
He added, "I thought that in the second half we did a decent job on the boards and made smart choices with the basketball. They were able to cut the lead to a basket at one point and we were able to respond and push the lead up to 15 by the end of the fourth."
Jacob Shoemaker hit 4 treys in his point total. Max Priggel ended up with 17 points, 12 in the final half. He hit 3 threes. Layne Johnson ended up with 11 and hit one from beyond the arc.
Todd Priggel hit 1 from long range and finished with 7. Cole Priggel had 6, Drew Reischman 4 and both Wyatt Kinney and Bradley Brooks scored 2 apiece to round out the scoring.
Luke Barnes, William Kluesner, Peyton McVay and Joey Phillips saw action.
The Eagles were 9 of 18 from the line for 50%
The varsity improved its record to 15-7.
During the first game, Todd Priggel scored all of 21 points during the first half as Oran raced out to a 42-12 lead and never looked back enroute to a 36 point blowout.
Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought we came out with a lot of energy on the press defense and we were able to get some easy baskets. We were also able to control the defensive boards and get out in transition. I was very pleased with how we played.
Todd Priggel's 21 led all scorers. He connected once from behind the three-point line. Tyson Goodale added 15 and Landon Stanberry had 12.
Avery Mitchem chipped in 6 and Calen Read added 3. Braley Brooks, Kaiden Massey and Karson Moyers each had a field goal as every Eagle scored.
The younger team also hit 50% of their free throws. The were 5 of 10.
The "B" team is now 6-8.
Oran will close out its conference schedule on Friday when they travel to take on the Scott County Central Braves at 6 pm.