ORAN -- The Oran Eagles claimed their ninth consecutive win and their 16th for the season on Friday night when they stifled the visiting Leopold Wildcats 54-38.
''I thought we played really good defense. Our kids came out and guarded really well tonight. Offensively, we got a lot of decent looks and were probably up a little bit because it was homecoming," said a pleased coach Mitch Wood.
The Eagles came out in the first period and played in-your-face defense from the opening tip. Leopold's Kevin Holzum hit his only three-point attempt of the night in the opening quarter, but that was the Wildcat's only score of the entire stanza. The defensive quickness of the Eagles was more than the visitors could handle, and while Oran didn't exactly light it up, they led 10-3 after one.
In the second quarter, the Eagles found the range much better and increased the lead while Leopold continued to struggle offensively. The visitors finally reached double figures with 1:09 left in the quarter. That made the count 26-10 at the half.
Nine players scored for the Eagles with Patrick Friga canning 17 while teammate Nathan Seyer tallied a dozen.
In the third quarter Oran tallied only 11 points but Leopold again couldn't solve the defense and trailed the Eagles 37-19.
Leopold showed some signs of life in the final frame, but it was much too late to make a run at Oran and the Eagles coasted to the easy victory.
The Eagles will travel to Scott Central on Tuesday to take on the Braves.