The Oran Eagles boys basketball teams split its two games at Bernie against the Mules last night. The junior varsity outscored the hosts in every quarter to pick up a 57-38 win. The varsity saw it's comeback attempt fall just short, losing 60-59.
The younger team led 16-8 after the first period and was up 25-15 at intermission. The lead ballooned to 18 points, 46-28 after three quarters before the game end with the 19 point victory.
Cooper Priggel scored 14 to lead the way. Six of those points came from beyond the arc and he was four of four from the free throw line.
Langdon Scheeter and Dane Shands had nine apiece. Both hit a trey and Scheeter made his two free throw attempts. Tyson Goodale played two quarters of jayvee last nignt and scored eight points. Kaiden Massey, Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich each scored three. Lane Peterson rounded out the scoring with a field goal.
As a team, they hit 11 of 19 at the charity stripe for 58%. They improved their record to 6-1.
In the nightcap, Oran led 19-12 after the first eight minutes. But the lead had dwindled to one, 31-30, by the break. A bad third period saw the Eagles down 51-42 heading into the final quarter.
A valiant comeback saw the Eagles with a lead 56-55 with three minutes remaining. Oran led 59-57 with about 20 seconds left in regulation before for a three-pointer was made with about two seconds left to hand Oran the disappointing loss.
Coach Joe Shoemaker told the blog this morning, "We lost a tough one last night at Bernie. We had another bad third quarter which we will continue to adjust some things until we get it figured out. We had a few costly turnovers during the game and we weren’t able to secure a defensive rebound with 19 seconds left which could have sealed the win."
" I thought we did a decent job of defending the last shot and made a kid hit a shot that he hadn’t hit all night to beat us. We didn’t execute the very last play but that is on me as a coach for not having my guys better prepared. We didn’t play very well and I didn’t coach a very good game. We will take this loss and learn from it."
Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 27. He hit three treys and was six of six on free throws. Cole Priggel finished with 11 and hit all three of his free tosses.
Drew Reischman ended up with eight points, Todd Priggel added seven and Layne Johnson had six.
The Eagles hit 14 of 15 from the line for an excellent 93%. Their record fell to 8-3.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday starting at 6 pm when they host the Meadow Heights Panthers. It will be an important district matchup for the varsity.