Friday, October 27, 2017

Junior High boys remain undefeated

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams picked up two more wins last night at conference-foe Scott City.  The seventh grade won easily, 46-17.  The eighth-grade had to come from behind late to pick up a 33-30 victory.

In the opener, the Eagles jumped out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and led 21-8 at the intermission enroute to the 29 point final margin.

Camdyn Triblett was the top-scorer with 14.

Robby Menz and Kolten Payne each scored nine.  Luke Peterson chipped in six while Connor Gage and Nic Massey both added three.  Gage's was on a trey.  Ryan Burke rounded out the scoring with two.

They hit 3 of 6 from the line for 50%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We moved the ball and played very unselfishly. Camdyn led us in scoring with 14 points and 10 rebounds and 5 steals.  Kolton also had 5 steals.  I thought Nic did a very good job of blocking out and drew a charge."

The younger team is now 2-0 in the Scott-Miss and 4-0 overall.

During the nightcap, Oran led early 8-2 but after Quentin Senciboy picked up his second foul and went to the bench the team seemed to struggle.  Scott City was on top 10-8 after the first period.  The Rams extended their lead to 18-9 heading into the locker room.

"We set a goal at the half to cut the deficit to 4 by the end of the third quarter and did that.  We outscored them 24 -12 in the second half and were able to escape with a win," said Coach Shoemaker.

The Eagles would not take the lead until late in the fourth quarter, however.  They tied the score at 27 with about 2:20 remaining; finally taking a 29-27 lead with 1:58 left.  The hosts regained the lead 30-29 with under a minute remaining.  Nick Romas hit a three-point basket with 18 ticks on the clock to give Oran a 32-30 lead.  The Rams got a last chance desperation shot off but missed and the Eagles picked up the exciting victory.

Samuel Shoemaker had 12 points and eight rebounds for the older squad which is now also 2-0 and 4-0.

Seth Cauble and Romas each scored six.  Cauble also had six rebound and all of Romas's points came during the final six minutes.  Senciboy had five, including a trey.  Diesel Cato and Chris Collins both had a field goal apiece.

The team hit 9 of 19 from the free throw line for 47%.

Shoemaker said, "We jumped out to an early lead then did a very poor job of executing anything on offense the rest of the half.   We got into foul trouble and played like we were more concerned with our mistakes instead of focusing on what we needed to do.  We will have to play much better next week."

Next week Oran hosts Scott-Miss opponent Kelly on Wednesday and travels to Richland on Thursday.  Both contests start at 6 pm.

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