SIKESTON--The Oran Eagles ran their season record to 16-4 with a 70-59 win over Scott Central Tuesday night. It was the 10th win in a row for the Eagles. The Braves fall to 9-11.
The Eagle attack featured four players who scored in double figures led by Ryne Wood's 17, five of which were free throws in the pressure-packed fourth period.
"We missed a lot of assignments on defense and got carried away on offense and threw the ball away a lot. Our weak schedule last week hurt us a little bit in getting us prepared for tonight.'' concluded Oran coach Mitch Wood.
Although the inside game of Oran was almost completely shut down by Chris Pullen and company, Oran managed to build an 18-12 lead in the opening quarter on a pair of threes by Ryne Wood and Nathan Seyer.
"We had some of our kids that were off tonight and missed a lot of easy layups. It should have been easier than it was," continued Coach Wood.
In the second quarter, the Braves shaved a point off the Eagle lead and trailed at intermission 30-25.
Braves' Coach Melvin Porter was gratified by some of the things he saw from his players, but bemoaned the fact that they are so young and inexperienced.
"Up until the last three minutes, they were right there but are just immature and it shows up over and over again. If I had a guard that knew what was going on, I'd be set. We practice it every day and they will play it for three quarters and then go right back where we were,'' lamented Coach Porter. "We were able to stop their inside game, and I was tickled to death for that."
In the third period, Scott Central made a run at the Eagles and trailed by a pair 45-43 to set up a hotly contested fourth quarter.
The fourth stanza featured 15 of 22 free throw shooting by the Eagles. Ryne Wood's pair at the 1:25 mark put the game out of reach when he made the score 63-59. From that point on, Oran seemed to get every loose ball and rebound to hang on for the 11-point victory.
Oran's next opponent will be Bell City on Friday night at home while Scott Central will host New Madrid Central.
Scott Central won the jayvee game 64-53.
RISCO--The Risco Tigers nipped the determined North Pemiscot Mustangs Tuesday night 60-58. The win was Risco's tenth win of the season and their fifth win in the Tri-County conference. They have suffered 6 losses on the season.
The usual suspects showed up again for the Tigers as Greg Landers and Luke Carter netted 17 points apiece and Kyle Carlisle chipped in 16.
The contest featured a press by North Pem that was employed the entire game which accounted for the number of fouls called on the Mustangs. Risco capitalized on the foul situation and sank 20 of 26 attempts from the charity stripe. According to coach Blankenship, that was the story of the game.
With the win, the Tigers take over sole possession of second place in their conference behind Clarkton.
DELTA - Brent Menz connected on seven 3-pointers and scored 30 points as the Delta Bobcats defeated the Cardinals of Woodland Tuesday night.
Alex VanGennip (20 points) and Travis Benfield (13) paced the Cardinals, while Joey keys added 11 for Delta. Delta also picked up a victory in the junior varsity game, defeating the Cardinals 69-28.
Woodland has a week-long break before it plays at Advance next Tuesday. Tipoff of the junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m., with the varsity game to follow.