After pulling upsets in their first two games of the Advance JV Tournament, the fifth-seeded Eagles were favorites, according to the seeds, when they faced off against the sixth-seeded Woodland Cardinals in the championship game.
Oran was up 30-23 heading into the final period but couldn't hold on and dropped a 40-39 decision.
Coach Joe Bickings said, "Tough loss in a tough game. Woodland had some big players that gave us some problems around the basket and we didn’t block out well enough to win. We looked like a young JV team that hasn’t been in that situation and that is exactly what we are. At the end of the day we gave ourselves a chance to win the game but just came up short. Overall I thought we had a very successful tournament. Going into this tournament is tough because most of the JV teams haven’t played that much and are still working out some kinks. We will learn from our mistakes and get better from this."
Cameron Westrich was the game's top-scorer with 11.
Dane Shands finished with eight, six of those coming from beyond the arc. Nick Romas and Seth Cauble had five each. Cauble hit a trey. Diesel Cato had a field goal.
The Eagles were only 2 of 7 from the line for 29%. Woodland, on the other hand, hit 8 of 9 for 89%.
The junior varsity saw its record fall to 3-3.
In other action last night, East Prairie claimed third over Bloomfield, 41-37; Advance beat Delta, 65-51 in the fifth-place game and Chaffee claimed seventh by defeating Oak Ridge, 41-25.
The junior varsity and varsity will be in action on Tuesday at home when the Delta Bobcats come to town. Tip time is 6 pm. It will be the last home action before the Christmas Tournament.