The second-seeded Oran High School boys junior varsity team advanced to the finals of the Scott-Mississippi Tournament for the second year in a row, with a 64-51 victory over the third-seeded Scott City Rams last night.
Earlier this year, the Rams defeated the Eagles 45-41. Last year Oran fell 46-45 to East Prairie in the title game, this year they will face fourth-seeded Kelly, who upset top-seeded East Prairie last night 49-47, on Friday at 6:30.
Coach Joe Bickings said, "We probably played one of the best first halves all year last night against Scott City. We’ve really been working on fixing our press and zone defense and I feel like the kids are starting to figure it out. As the saying goes, better late than never. The last time we played Scott City I think it was our first full game of the season since Risco was only two quarters. And I thought Scott City just outworked us that game and was able to beat us. It was a different story as I felt like we outworked them in the first half and played extremely hard to build a 20 point lead. I do feel like we came out a little flat in the third and fourth quarters. We ended up only winning by 13. We have to be able to play a full game with the same intensity that we had in the first half. If we do that we could be a fairly good team. But a win is a win and we are moving on to the conference championship which is where we want to be.
Oran led 20-12 after one and 38-18 at the intermission, before being outscored, 33-26 in the second half.
Samuel Shoemaker led all scorers with 18. Dane Shands and Cameron Westrich each added 11. Shands hit one from beyond the arc.
Nick Romas had nine, Seth Cauble seven, including a three-pointer, and Logan Rose six. Kaleb Gosche rounded out the scoring with a field goal.
The team was 8 of 16 from the line for 50%.
They improved to 12-4 and will face Kelly for the tournament title at 6:30 on Friday at Scott County Central.