The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams split a pair of games at home last night against the Richland Rebels. The seventh-grade lost 31-25, while the eighth-grade won 58-22.
During the opener, the Eagles were up 7-6 after the first period but trailed by two at the break, 17-15. After three the home team was down 28-19. They cut the deficit to five during the final six minutes but could get no closer.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the seventh-grade played with a lot more effort and energy. I was proud of the effort and told them now we can work on details and skills. We missed a lot of shots and free throws but if they continue to give that type of effort in practice also, we will improve."
Nate Pobst led the Eagles, now 1-5, with nine points. Elijah Shoemaker added eight. Brenden Campbell chipped in five. Drake Dannennmueller hit a field goal and Jon Tucker had a free throw to round out the scoring.
As a team, they were only 5 of 16 from the line for 31%, including 2 for 8 in the final period.
The older boys tossed a shutout until a minute into the second quarter and had a 26-3 lead. It was 32-13 at the intermission. The home squad expanded the margin the rest of the way to pick up the 36-point victory.
Camdyn Tribblett topped all scorers with 19, most coming on acrobatic layups. Robby Menz had 17, he hit three from beyond the arc.
Parker Diebold had eight and Kolton Payne six. Nic Massey, Luke Peterson, Noah Mitchem and Connor Gage each had two.
They were 3-6 at the charity stripe for 50% and improved to 4-2.
Coach Shoemaker said, "The 8th grade came out with great effort early and was able to get a nice lead and sustain it throughout the game."
The boys will be back in action on Monday as they travel to Advance to take on the Hornets at 6 pm.