The Oran High School boys basketball teams hit the road for the first time this season last night and picked up a pair of wins over the Risco Tigers. The junior varsity won a two-quarter contest, 38-18. While the varsity held on to claim a 75-68 win.
It was the opener for the younger team and they used a balanced attack to claim the twenty-point victory.
Camden Westrich led the Eagles with seven points, including 3-3 from the line. Diesel Cato and Samuel Shoemaker had six apiece. Kaleb Gosche and Nick Romas had four each. Seth Cauble, Cooper Priggel and Logan Rose all scored three. Priggel's came on a trey. Lane Peterson rounded out the scoring with a field goal.
The team hit 7 of 9 from the charity stripe for 78%.
In the varsity matchup, Oran led from the get-go, but could never put the pesky Tigers away.
The Eagles were up 21-16 after one and 34-22 with 3:34 left before halftime when the home team called a timeout. After that, Risco scored nine straight to cut it to 34-31 with 1:53 left. Oran went on a ten point run to close out the quarter and take a 44-31 lead into the intermission the intermission.
The lead was only single-digits after three, 58-50. The Eagles hit just enough free throws (10-16) down the stretch to pick up the win.
Jacob Shoemaker topped all scorers with 28. He hit three three's and was 7-9 from the line. Tyson Goodale finished with 14 and had two treys. Todd Priggel added 12 points and was, at times, unstoppable when driving to the goal.
Ty Johnson hit for eight, including a three-pointer. Johnson picked up his fourth foul in the third period. but finished the night on the floor after returning in the fourth. Langdon Scheeter and Cooper Priggel had six and five, respectively. Both hit one from beyond the arc.
As a team, they were 11 of 17 from the free throw line for 65%.
Head Coach Joe Shoemaker said afterward, "I thought we played a very well coached talented team. I was proud of the boys for going down to Risco and picking up the 2 quarter jv victory and the varsity victory. The jv was able to get their first game action in and we saw some stuff we can work on in practice and hopefully improve on before Friday. The varsity played a good first half and then in the third quarter got into some foul trouble and we also missed a couple of easy buckets and had a couple of turnovers in that stretch. Also during that time, Risco hit a couple of tough shots. We have some little things to work on in practice to prepare for a Scott City team that is 4-0 so far this year."
The varsity improved to 4-0 and both squads will be back in action on Friday when they host the conference opener against a much improved Scott City squad at 6 pm.