Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Eagles take down Hornets

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up two nice wins last night in their final home games of the 2016-17 season against the rival Advance Hornets.  The junior varsity won in convincing fashion 70-46 and the varsity prevailed in a hard-fought contest 66-55.

The younger team lead 8-0 about halfway through the first period when Advance took a timeout.  The Eagles bolted to a 21-6 lead heading into the second.  They expanded the margin to 27, 43-16 at the break.

Oran cruised the rest of the way and ended up winning by 24.

Tyson Goodale led the Eagles with 16 points.  They all came during the first half.  Landon Stanberry was a close second with 15.  Stanberry hit a trey and was 4-4 from the line.  Tristen Schlosser hit for 13 off the bench. He too hit a three-pointer and was 4-4 at the free throw stripe.

Todd Priggel played only the first 2 quarters and scored 9, he hit one from beyond the arc.  Bradley Brooks played the last 2 and scored 6.  Calen Read chipped in 5, Kaiden Massey added 4 and Avery Mitchem tallied 2.  Karson Moyers played but did not score.

Oran was 9 of 17 on free throws for 53%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The JV got out to an early lead and played very well in the first half.  They picked up a win to end their season which is always nice.  I want to thank the JV players for their time and encourage them to improve during the offseason."

The junior Eagles finish their season 7-9 overall, they were 4-2 in Scott-Miss play.

The nightcap featured a nip and tuck affair.  Oran led 17-12 after one but the Hornets pulled back to within in one at the half.  The Eagles made a run late in the third after Advance had taken a brief 1 point lead.  Oran was up 45-36 heading into the final eight minutes.

The Eagles were able to not only withstand a tremendous exhibition of long-range shooting by their guest but also able to expand the lead to the 11 point final margin. During that last period, the Hornets hit 5 from beyond the arc after hitting only 1 the first three quarters.

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 18.  He hit 3 from three-point land.  Max Priggel, still recovering from illness, gutted it out and scored 15, including 3 treys. Cole Priggel finished with 14 and was 2 of 2 from the line.

Layne Johnson hit for 9, had a "3" and was also 2 for 2 at the free throw stripe.  Todd Priggel finished with 8 and Drew Reischman had 2.  Wyatt Kinney and Bradley Brooks played but did not score.

Oran was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe for 78%.

They finish the regular season at 16-8 and were 5-2 in league play.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We turned the ball over too much early in the game.  We were able to cut down on turnovers and get into a better rhythm as the game went on.  I thought we had stretches, especially in the second half, where we hit the defensive boards very well and held them to one contested shot and done.  Beating a very good Advance team will hopefully give us some momentum heading into district play.  I want to thank our seniors for their efforts battling through sickness (Max) to get a win on the last time they will play on our home court."

The varsity's win over Advance broke a 7 game losing streak to the Hornets, including a 14 point loss in the 3rd place game of this season's Oran Tournament. The last time the Eagles had won was on Dec. 4, 2013, in the semifinals of the O.I.T.

The Eagles, the number one seed, will take on the 8th seeded Kingston Cougars at 1:45 Saturday afternoon in the Perry Park Center at Perryville.

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