The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams won one and lost one last night at Kelly. The seventh-grade lost 39-5 and the older boys picked up a 47-17 victory over the conference rival Hawks.
The seventh-grade was held scoreless during the first half and trailed 23-0 at the intermission.
Nate Pobst hit a free throw about a minute and a half into the third quarter for the Eagles' first point. Jon Tucker hit the teams' first field goal with under a minute remaining in the frame.
It was 36-3 heading into the mercy-rule fourth quarter.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the seventh-grade played better in the second half. We have to continue to improve on playing with energy even when things are not going our way."
Andrew Dennis and Tucker had two apiece, with Pobst adding the other tally for the visitors who fell to 0-3 in conference and 1-3 overall. They were 1-6 from the line for 17%.
In the nightcap, Oran raced out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and went into halftime up 21-8. They continued to expand the lead the rest of the way.
Shoemaker said, "The eighth-grade did a good job of making adjustments throughout the game. They were able to recognize when Kelly switched defense and made the proper adjustments. I thought the first couple of possessions where we missed several shots but continued to give great effort on the offensive glass showed that they were ready to play. "
Robby Menz topped all scorers with 15, he nailed three from beyond the arc. Luke Peterson hit for 10.
Camdyn Triblett added seven, while Kolton Payne tallied five, including a trey. Parker Diebold and Nic Massey chipped in four apiece and Noah Mitchem had a field goal to round out the scoring.
They hit 5-15 from the charity stripe for 33%.
The eighth-grade improved to 2-1 in league play and 3-2 in all games.
The junior high boys will be back in action on Thursday when they host Richland at 6 pm.
On Thursday we will try something new.
At the top of the blog's home page, I have added a new tab entitled "In-game Updates", events that I am able to attend and where I have internet access, I hope to update scores quarterly. I won't really know if I have access until after I get to some of the road games.