The two junior high boys basketball games last night both saw running clocks in the fourth-quarters. Oran won the opener 60-24 but lost the eighth-grade contest 45-18.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 7th grade played very well again. We were able to create some easy looks off of forced turnovers and were able to get into a good offensive rhythm."
Kolten Payne had a game-high 21 which included five from beyond the arc. Camdyn Triblett had 16.
Connor Gage added eight fourth-quarter points including two treys. Luke Peterson scored seven. He also connected from downtown. Robby Menz had six which included one from distance. Nic Massey rounded out the scoring with two.
The Eagles were 5 of 10 from the line for 50%. They hit a season-high nine total three-point shots while improving their conference mark to 3-0 and 5-0 overall. They will be back in action this evening at Richland for a two-quarter affair that will follow the eighth-grade game.
Coach Shoemaker told the blog, "The 8th grade did a good job of moving the ball and being patient early but missed some easy looks that allowed them to get out and run. Kelly is a very good team but we made too many mistakes. We missed too many easy shots, allowed run outs for them and had too many turnovers to beat them."
Diesel Cato scored five to lead the Eagles. He had a three-pointer. Seth Cauble, Chris Collins, Nick Romas, Quentin Senciboy and Samuel Shoemaker each had two points.
Oran did not attempt a free throw during the game. The eighth-graders are now 2-1 and 4-1 on the year. They will face Richland tonight at 6 pm on the road.