The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of conference wins last night by defeating the Delta Bobcats at home.
The junior varsity rolled to a 72-38 rout, while the varsity had to rally to pick up a 67-64 victory.
In the opener, Cameron Westrich scored at the buzzer to give the hosts an 18-13 first quarter lead. From there it was all Eagles as they outscored their guests 54-25 the rest of the way.
Samuel Shoemaker led all scorers with 14. Westrich had 11 and was 5-7 from the line, Cooper Priggel added 10 with six of those coming from three-point land in just two quarters of action.
Dane Shands and Seth Cauble both put in nine. Cauble's all came from beyond the arc. Diesel Cato had five, including a trey. Kaleb Gosche scored four. Landon Cochran, Dawson Menz and Lane Peterson rounded out the scoring with two apiece.
The team was 7 of 12 at the free throw line for 58%
It was their first Scott-Miss win of the season. They are now 1-2 in the league and 4-3 overall. They will not play again until January 4th at Meadow Heights.
In the varsity matchup, it was nip and tuck all night. Oran trailed by three after one, 15-12 and two at the intermission, 31-29. They were fortunate to trail by only six, 48-42, after three. During that third period, the Eagles had five straight empty possessions early in the quarter and then four later.
The Eagles scored the first four points of the fourth period and from there it was back and forth the rest of the way with neither club being able to forge any separation. Oran led 65-64 with 29.6 seconds remaining and Delta had the ball. The Eagle defense forced a turnover and Todd Priggel hit Cooper Priggel with a pass for an uncontested layup. The Bobcats called timeout, the clock showed 1.6 left. After the officials huddled, they added time giving Delta 3.2 ticks to get a shot off. A desperation heave at the buzzer clanked off the front of the rim and Oran escaped with the three-point win to remain undefeated on the season. They are now 3-0 and 7-0.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we came out a little flat. We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half and we didn’t rebound very well. Delta came out to play and put us in a situation we really haven’t been in all year. I did think in the second half we did a better job on their leading two scorers holding them to two field goals combined. I was proud of the boys for having the mental toughness to grind out a come from behind win. In close games, it always shows some areas that you can improve on like free throws, rebounding and defensive blown assignments.
Jacob Shoemaker topped all point producers with 25. He nailed a pair of three's and was 5 of 6 from the line. Todd Priggel finished with 13, followed closely by Ty Johnson with 12. Johnson hit two treys.
Tyson Goodale put in eight, before fouling out late. Langdon Scheeter had six and Cooper Priggel three.
They hit only 13 of 29 from the line for 45%.
Oran will take on Advance in the first round of the SeMissourian Christmas Tournament next Wednesday, the 26th at 1:30 in the Show-Me Center.