The Oran Junior High School boys basketball ball teams played the Scott City Rams for the second time last night. Once again the Eagles won both contests.
The teams met in Scott City on October 26th. That night the 7th grade won easily by 29 points. Last night, at home, was much closer; a 37-32 victory. The 8th grade had been down by nine at halftime of game one. Last night they cruised to a 12 point win and never trailed in the contest.
When asked about the difference, Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I think our 7th grade played very well at their place and we haven't played with the same energy the last two games. They also missed a lot of bunnies when we played at their place and we were able to get turnovers for easy layups in that first game which allowed us to get into a good offensive rhythm. With the 8th grade, we adjusted our press this game and we were able to keep the ball in front of us and not give many if any layups while still forcing turnovers. We are playing with more confidence and under control."
Oran led only 5-3 after one period of play during the opener but managed to stretch it to 10 at the half 21-11 and held that same margin heading into the fourth. The Rams managed to cut it to four with only a couple of minutes remaining. Kolten Payne and Robby Menz hit 3 of 4 free throws late in the game to help seal the win.
The team was 7 of 9 overall from the line for 78%.
Camdyn Triblett once again led the younger team in scoring. He had 14 and was a perfect 4 of 4 at the free throw line. Menz added 10 including a trey.
Payne chipped in 7 with a three-pointer and 2 out of 2 from the line. Luke Peterson had four while Nic Massey rounded out the scoring with 2.
Coach Shoemaker said, "We had our second straight subpar performance last night. We need to play with more energy and focus. We will address those issues today in practice. The good things are we played bad and still won and we hit our free throws down the stretch."
In the night cap Oran led 21-10 at the half, stretched it to 34-16 heading into the final six minutes.
Samuel Shoemaker had 14 to lead the way.
Seth Cauble put in eight and Nick Romas added six. Chris Collins had four, Diesel Cato and Quentin Senciboy had three. Q's came on a trey.
As a team, they hit on 4 of 14 free throw attempts for 29%.
The coach said, "The 8th grade played well again. They did a very good job of playing with energy and under control."
Both teams are now 7-1 overall. The seventh-grade is 3-0 in conference play and the eighth is 2-1.
They will be in action again on Thursday at Oak Ridge at 6 pm. (the game was originally scheduled as a home game but was moved because of the Veteran's Day assembly set up.)