The seventh-grade boys basketball team lost for the first time this season last night at Advance, 44-32. The eighth-grade routed the Hornets, 46-24.
In game one, Oran trailed 10-7 after the first but had managed to take a 17-15 lead into the halftime locker room. The hosts would outscore the Eagles 29-15 during the final two quarters to hand the younger team its first setback.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We played tentatively against Advance, who has a very good team. We had a lot of turnovers which led to a whole bunch of points for them. We tasted defeat for the first time this year and will have to be ready to go again tonight."
Camdyn Triblett recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace Oran. He hit 6 of 8 free throw attempts.
Kolten Payne added eight points including a trey and 3 out 4 at the line. Nic Massey pitched in five points, Parker Diebold added four, Robby Menz two and Luke Peterson one.
As a team, they connected on 11 of 17 from the line for 65%. Their record fell to 6-1.
Game two started slowly as neither team could score for the first two and a half minutes. But, after an Advance timeout, the Eagle press led to numerous turnovers that led to layups for Samuel Shoemaker, who scored 14 of his game-high 23 during the first six minutes. Oran led 20-3 after one.
The Hornets mounted a comeback during period two, outscoring the Eagles, 12-3 but that was as close as it would get.
Oran won the second half, 23-9 to sail on to the 22 point victory.
Coach Shoemaker said, "We had our best start of the year. We played with lots of energy and under control. I thought we played a very good game last night... We have another tough game [tonight] with an improving Scott City team."
Samuel Shoemaker ended up with a triple-double. He had 11 steals and 10 rebounds to go along with his 23points.
The trio of Diesel Cato, Chris Collins and Quentin Senciboy each finished with six points apiece. Cato was 2 of 2 from the line and "Q" was 6 out of 6. Nick Romas added three and Landon Cochran two.
The eighth-grade hit 86% of their free tosses. They were 12 of 14. They upped their mark to 6-1 also
Tonight the junior high boys will host Scott City at 6 pm.