The Oran High School boys basketball teams dropped 2 conference games on the road at Scott County Central last night. The Braves won the junior varsity game 54-44 and the varsity game 60-54.
During the opener, the Eagles fell behind 34-20 at the intermission. They were able to cut the margin to 3 heading into the final 7 minutes but could get no closer.
Landon Stanberry led Oran with 17 points including a trey. Tyson Goodale also reached double-digits with 12.
Karson Moyers, Calen Read and Tristen Schlosser each scored 4. Avery Mitchem scored 3. Kaiden Massey played but did not score.
The Eagles were only 5 of 14 from the line for 36%.
The junior varsity finished the conference schedule with a 4-2 mark, they are 6-9 overall.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The JV played very well in the second half. We made some mistakes in the first half and got down a little too much for us to recover from. I am proud of our effort to battle through to the end."
Oran lost a heartbreaker in the feature game.
The Eagles, who were playing without leading scorer Max Priggel who missed the game due to illness, fell behind 19-16 after one.
Oran made a comeback during the second quarter, thanks in large part to the shooting of Jacob Shoemaker, who scored 10 in the period. The Eagles led 34-28 at the half.
The Braves outscored Oran 16-10 in both the 3rd and 4th quarters, to tie the game heading into the final 8 minutes and then claim the 6 point victory.
Shoemaker scored 17 on the night, including 2 from beyond the arc. Layne Johnson had 12 and also hit 2 three's.
Todd Priggel hit for 9, including 1 from distance. Cole Priggel and Drew Reischman had 7 apiece. Luke Barnes and Wyatt Kinney played but did not score.
Coach Shoemaker said, "The varsity played with a lot of heart tonight and had our chances to win. Just a different bounce or roll on the rim here and there was the difference in the game. We didn't execute as well as I would have liked and gave up a few to many offensive rebounds. We missed some shots in the second half that we normally make but I was proud of our overall effort."
The varsity finished the S-MC at 5-2 and is 16-8 in all games.
Oran will conclude the regular season on Tuesday when they host rival Advance at 6 pm. Plan on arriving early since it is "Lil Cheer Night".