(photo by Kyle Carter, Staff)
"We came out and had a good run early and played defense pretty well," said Oran head coach Mitch Wood. "We aren't a real healthy ball club right now, but we did play well tonight although we had a couple guys out."
"We are a very inexperienced team," said East Prairie head coach Jason Irby. "They are a very well coached, very well trained team and I hope we will be like that in the future. We gave them some easy buckets midway through the first quarter and that was the end."
Oran got going early as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but East Prairie, behind three triples from Jordan Sanders, pulled the game back tied at nine with 4:31 left in the first period.
After a bucket from Oran's Garrett Roslen, East Prairie's Brent Harland put in two to retie the game with three and a half minutes left.
With the game tied, Oran changed their defense and began to space out the floor. OHS hit three layups and a jumper from Roslen to jump out to a 19-11 lead.
Sanders hit another three with 1:02 left in the first frame, but after the period, East Prairie found themselves down 21-14, a hole from which they would never dig out of.
Oran's Eagles continued to punish EPHS as they scored 23 points in the second quarter, eight of which came from Nathan Seyer.
With the drive Oran had widened its lead to 44-26 at the half.
Senior Patrick Friga came out firing in the second half as he hit three buckets in the first three minutes of the half to lead the OHS Eagles to an 80-55 win.
Jordan Sanders led EPHS in the defeat as he dropped in 18 points on six threes.
"Our guys did a really good job of battling tonight and I am very happy with their effort," said coach Wood. "It was really good for us to have Ryan Bouge step up and hit a couple of threes. He's only a sophomore, but I think if we can get him prepared on defense, he can be one of the best shooters around."
"I was happy to see that our boys didn't give up," said coach Irby.
"We were down quite a bit there at the end, but the boys on the floor kept playing and that's all I can ask for. Oran is probably going to be the team to beat come conference time and we can use this game to be more prepared the next time."
East Prairie will host the Richland Rebels Friday night while Oran plays host to Delta.
Both jayvee games are slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.