The Oran High School boys basketball teams hosted Bernie last night. The Eagle junior varsity lost 61-48 but the varsity made a second-half come back and picked up a 57-48 victory over the Mules.
In the opener, Oran led 14-11 after one but trailed 28-27 at the break. Bernie pulled away in the second half and handed the Eagles a 13 point loss.
Coach Joe Bicking said, "Last night’s game was a tough loss to a tough opponent. Bernie is very well coached and executes their plays on both sides of the ball extremely well. We didn’t do a very good job of communicating on defense to find their shooters and weren’t able to adjust to the things on the court that Bernie was doing against us. I felt like we got outplayed in the second half and just didn’t make the adjustments we talked about at halftime. We can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again and expect to be in games against good opponents."
Dane Shands led Oran with 13 points. He hit one from beyond the arc. Cameron Westrich added 12.
Samuel Shoemaker chipped in eight. Cooper Priggel had seven in two quarters of play and he hit a trey. Seth Cauble, Lane Peterson, Nick Romas and Logan Rose each scored a field goal.
As a team, they hit 8 of 10 from the line for 80%. With the loss, their record dropped to 7-4.
During the varsity matchup, the Eagles took a timeout with 3:05 remaining in the opening quarter whit the score knotted at 9. Coming out of the stoppage, Bernie came out in a box and one defense on Jacob Shoemaker who had seven of Oran's points. He was held scoreless the rest of the quarter and the Mules led 16-11 after one.
It was 30-26, Bernie at the intermission and with 4:15 left in the third, Oran trailed by 12, 40-28 and things looked bleak as the Eagles took a timeout.
Oran then got a three from Cooper Priggel on the left wing to cut it to nine. The Eagles clawed back and were down only four, 48-44 heading into the final eight minutes.
With about 1:15 gone in the fourth, Jacob Shoemaker hit a trey from the right baseline and was fouled. He sank the free throw, picking up the rare four-point play and tying the score at 48. Oran went on to score the next nine point to pick up the win. The last Bernie field goal came with 1:43 left in the third period.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, " I thought Bernie, who is well coached, presented some matchup problems for us. They have a good post player and really good guards who can shoot which presented some problems for us. We were forced to play from behind for most of the game. I was proud of our kids for being very persistent and digging down and getting stops defensively. We were able to get a lead and played smart offensively down the stretch."
Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 22. He hit four from beyond the arc and was 5 of 6 from the line, including 4-4 during the fourth quarter. Todd Priggel finished with 10.
Ty Johnson had nine, including a trey. Cooper Priggel and Tyson Goodale each added six. Priggel's came from three-point land. Langdon Scheeter had four to round out the scoring.
At the line, they hit 12 of 18 for 67% and they improved to a record of 14-1.
The Eagles travel to Chaffee tonight to take on the conference and district rival Red Devils at 6 pm.