The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of convincing wins last night over the visiting Woodland Cardinals. The junior varsity won 61-45. The varsity was victorious, 72-39.
In game one, the Eagles were up 37-16 at the half and went on to win by 16.
Coach Joe Bickings said, "I thought the kids played extremely hard last night and it was good to avenge a loss from earlier in the year. We played a lot better defensively and rotated a lot better when we were in our scramble defense after coming off the press. We got our hands on quite a few passes that we deflected that just didn’t bounce our way and right into the hands of a Woodland player. We still have to adjust to being able to play with a lead at the end of the game and not force any unnecessary shots."
The Cardinals had defeated Oran in the championship game of the Advance Junior Varsity tournament about a month ago, 40-39.
Three Eagles reached double-digits. Diesel Cato, Cooper Priggel and Nick Romas each had 11. Priggel hit three treys in his two quarters of action. Cato hit one from beyond the arc.
Dane Shands finished with eight, including a three-pointer. Kaleb Gosche and Samuel Shoemaker both had six. Seth Cauble hit a three for his points and Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich each had a field goal.
The team was only 3 of 15 at the line for 20%.
During the nightcap, after a close first quarter which Oran led 16-10, they doubled the margin in the second. The Eagles were up 37-25 at the break.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played with good energy and effort from the start but we didn’t shoot the ball well in the beginning. We were able to control the tempo and get a quicker pace which was in our favor. I also thought we did a good job of passing the ball and were patient offensively and took good shots."
After halftime, Woodland tried to pressure more out of their zone defense, double-teaming at times but Oran handled it and went on a 16-0 run through the first five and a half minutes of the third. The highlight of the period though was Langdon Scheeters' half-court heave at the buzzer that went in. Oran had a 58-29 lead with eight minutes remaining and for all intents and purposes, the game was over.
When asked about any changes that were made leading to that decisive third-quarter, Shoemaker said, "Didn’t do a lot different just a slight adjustment with the press and how we guarded the post but the biggest thing was we simply made shots. "
Scheeter was the game's top scorer with 18. He hit two treys and was 2-2 from the line. Jacob Shoemaker and Tyson Goodale both added 17. Shoemaker hit three threes and Goodale made five of his seven free throw attempts.
Cooper Priggel had eight points during the varsity matchup and that included two more three-pointers. Ty Johnson had six, Todd Priggel and Luke Patterson had three each. Patterson nailed a trey.
Coach Shoemaker added, "It was nice to see Tyson and Langdon being aggressive on the offensive end and they both had good games"
The varsity was 8-12 from the charity stripe for 67%. They improved to 13-1.
With tonight's cancellation, the Eagles will be back in action on Monday when they host Bernie.