The Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Bloomfield last night and picked up a pair of wins over the Wildcats, which made the long foggy ride home worth it. The junior varsity won, 59-32 and the varsity rolled, 77-43.
The younger team led only 19-17 after one, but held their hosts to single digits in the next three periods and finished with a 27 point margin.
Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich led all scorers with 18. Nick Romas finished with 15.
Cooper Priggel had eight, in two quarters of action. He hit two from beyond the arc. Dane Shands scored six and Logan Rose four. Seth Cauble, Kaleb Gosche, Evan Montgomery and Samuel Shoemaker each had a field goal to complete the scoring.
The boys hit, 8 of 13 at the stripe for 62%.
Coach Joe Bickings said, "Bloomfield was a team that we faced earlier in the year at the Advance JV tournament and we won that game. I figured we were going to be in a battle because most of the times teams would like to avenge a loss from earlier in the year. I knew they would be looking forward to this game and they were. They came out and played us tough the first quarter/ We made some adjustments on our press in the second quarter and were able to turn them over to create easy shots for us. We played hard but we still need to make an adjustment to be able to play with the lead and not force some passes or shots early on in the possession. I felt like we did that a few times and that’s just something they have to learn by playing the game with a lead. Right now we only have one more game left on our schedule and we want to end the season on a winning note and cap off a pretty good season."
They improved their mark to 14-4 and will play next Tuesday at home when Advance comes to town.
During the varsity matchup, the first four minutes were back and forth. Oran took an 8 - 7 lead about the midway point of that opening period, never trailed again and picked up a 34 point win.
Jacob Shoemaker and Langdon Scheeter were the game's top scorers with 22 apiece. Scheeter hit two from beyond the arc and Shoemaker one. Shoemaker's came just before the halftime buzzer and it gave the Eagles a 36-20 lead, heading into the intermission. Tyson Goodale finished with 12 and Ty Johnson 10. Johnson hit two from three-point land.
Cooper Priggel had five, including a trey. Todd Priggel scored four and Kaiden Massey added a field goal.
The varsity, hit 7 of 16 from the free throw line, for a lackluster 44%.
Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought that we didn’t play our best game. We did not get into a good rhythm early on offense. The good thing was, for the most part, we did not allow this to affect our defense and rebounding. We will continue to fine tune some things in practice and continue to improve. We will have to be ready for Friday night in order to beat SCC twice in one week on their floor."
They improved their record to 22-1 and will travel to Scott County Central on Friday, for a varsity only matchup that tips at 7 pm.