The Oran Eagles boys basketball team jumped out to a 14 point first quarter lead and cruised to a 26 point victory to eliminate the ninth-seeded Chaffee Red Devils from the 73rd annual SEmissourian Christmas Tournament yesterday at the Show-Me Center.
The number-five seed, Eagles led 27-14 after one but went through a dry spell during period two. Chaffee cut the margin to single digits before a three-pointer by Layne Johnson and a steal in the back-court led to another Johnson bucket to close out the half. Oran led 36-23 at the break.
The Eagles opened the second half with an 8-0 run to put the game on ice.
"We got stagnant in the second quarter on offense and also missed a few shots we normally make,"
said Coach Shoemaker. "
Johnson, who had set a career-high with 33 points against Woodland on Tuesday, one-upped that against the Devils, pouring in 34. He hit three treys and was five for five from the line.
"Layne shot it extremely well again tonight and the other guys did a good job of getting him the ball," the coach added.
Jacob Shoemaker had 16 points, including a three-pointer. Cole Priggel added 15.
Bradley Brooks scored five off the bench. Todd Priggel hit two field goals for his four points. Tyson Goodale and Peyton McVay had a field goal each. Avery Mitchem made his two free throws for his points.
Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought we played very hard and did a good job defending Landon Tenkhoff in the post. We are also improving our passing in transition. It was a nice win over a very improved Chaffee team who we will likely face a few more times."
Oran hit 15 of 19 from the line for 79% as they improved to 7-2. The Eagles will take on the sixth-seed Advance Hornets today at 4:30 pm in the 5th-place game.
Oran defeated the Hornets for the championship of the O.I.T. 66-60 on December 1st. The Eagles were down at half-time but played inspired during the final two quarters to pick up the win after Cole Priggel was injured just before the intermission and was unable to return.
Advance, 8-2, moved into today's game by crushing Meadow Heights, 81-52.
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