The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams dropped two decisions last night at Scott City. The seventh-grade fell 25-22 and the eighth-grade lost 45-38. Both teams led entering the fourth-quarters, but could not hold on.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought both teams played much better than they did the first time against Scott City. Of course, they moved a seventh-grader up and that affected how their seventh-grade played. We had our shots to win it sometimes they just don’t fall. The eighth-grade needs to play more consistent throughout the game. Both groups need to cut down on turnovers and I told both groups that they could learn from these close losses and not make those mistakes again. "
In the opener, the Eagles led 18-15 after three but ended up losing by three.
Jon Tucker led Oran with nine points. Andrew Dennis had four. Nate Pobst and Brenden Campbell had three each. Campbell's came on a trey. Jase Fuemmler added two and Drake Dannenmuller had a free throw.
The Eagles were 5-8 at the line for 63%. Their record is now 2-6.
The older boys were up 31-30 heading into the final frame but were outscored 15-7 during the last six minutes.
Camdyn Tribblett topped all scorers with 16.
Kolten Payne scored nine and hit two treys. Luke Peterson had eight, Robby Menz scored three and Nic Massey added two.
Oran hit 6 of 10 from the charity stripe for 60%. They are now 4-4 on the year.
The Eagles will travel to Oak Ridge on Thursday. Tip-time is 6 pm.