The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up conference wins last night over the visiting Kelly Hawks. The junior varsity won 72-47 in a game that was more competitive than the final score indicated. The varsity won in a cake-walk, 91-49.
As game one started, it looked like the Eagles were ready to storm to an easy victory. Oran led 17-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the first. After a Hawk timeout, Kelly scored the final seven points of the period and trailed by only four, 17-13.
The visitors hit a free throw to open the second and were down by three, but their run was over. The Eagles outscored the class 3 opponents 23-16 the rest of the period and were up 10, 40-30 at the break.
The Hawks had the momentum out of the locker room and cut the margin to four, 44-40 with 3:20 left in the third quarter. This time the Kelly timeout ended the Hawk run as Oran posted the next 13 points and Kelly did not score again until 5:59 was left in the game. The Eagles never looked back and went on to the 25 point win.
Coach Joe Bickings said that during that key timeout, "We challenged our team to pick it up because if they kept playing the way they were playing, they were going to get beat."
Overall Bickings commented, "Last night's game was a good test for us as we faced some adversity. Our outside shots weren't falling and we had to make some adjustments to their 1-2-2 half-court defense and get the ball inside more. We were able to switch it up and I feel like Myles Trankler did a good job of getting position so we could give him the ball down low as did Tyson Goodale and Kaiden Massey."
"I feel like we didn't match Kelly's intensity early on during the game. It seemed like they got to every loose ball and rebound during the first half and to start the 3rd quarter. We went into the locker room only up by 10 points at the half and I felt like we should have been up by 15-20. Kelly came out with more intensity after the half," he added.
Trankler had a game-high 18 points. Langdon Scheeter had 13 and was three of three from the line. Goodale finished with 12 in two periods of play and he hit both of his free throw attempts. Ty Johnson rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 and hit the team's only trey.
Cooper Priggel chipped in five points, while Massey and Logan Rose each scored four. Dawson Menz and Cameron Westrich rounded out the scoring with two apiece.
Oran hit 13 of 20 from the line for 65%.
They improved their conference mark to 3-1 and 8-1 overall.
The nightcap was never in doubt as the Eagles outscored Kelly by double digits in every period except the fourth.
Jacob Shoemaker had a team season-high 42 points. He played less than three complete quarters. He hit five treys and all five free throw shots. Cole Priggel added 11 points.
Goodale and Layne Johnson had eight apiece. Drew Reischman had seven points. Bradley Brooks and Calen Read had four points each. Peyton McVay, Avery Mitchem and Joey Phillips had a field goal.
The Eagles hit 10 of 16 from the charity stripe for 63%.
They too are 3-1 in the Scott-Miss and 10-3 in all games.
Coach Joe Shoemaker was unavailable for comment.
Both squads will travel to Woodland on Thursday to face the Cardinals at 6 pm.