The game began rather slowly for the quick Bulldog offense, as Oran's Kody Campbell held his ground firm against Michael Porter in the paint. Campbell racked up 10 points in the first quarter, but Sikeston's Brandon Washington and Matt Ritch each piled in eight points as the Bulldogs led after one quarter 28-18.
In the second quarter, Sikeston slowly began to pull away, as Ritch added his third 3-pointer of the half, giving the Bulldogs a 15 point lead at the break, 45-31. Campbell basically provided all of the offense for the Eagles in the first half as he went to the break with 17 points.
"Oran came out in the first half and really played well," said Sikeston head coach Gregg Holifield. "They had great intensity, and great effort. They really competed hard."
After halftime, the Sikeston team came back and "showed their true colors" as Oran head coach Denver Stuckey put it.
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Dominic Fondon chipped in with seven of his nine points in the second half, while Dominique McCray added all six of his points in the third and fourth quarters, as the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 35-17.
"I thought we picked up the defense in the second half," said Holifield. "We played more like our teams normally play. We were doing a lot of standing in the first half. I thought the second half was the difference in the game."
Campbell was limited to just two points in the second half, as he finished with 19 points, as the high-scorer of the game. Kurt Rendleman and Cody Romas added eight points apiece for Oran.
"I walk away pretty pleased," said Stuckey. "I thought our guys competed and played hard. We went up and down with them in the first half."
"When you have one of the best teams in Class 4 struggling with you, then you did something well," he added. "But, like I said, I'm pleased all around."
The Bulldogs tallied up 50 rebounds on the evening, as Porter pulled down 14 of his own, nine off the offensive glass. He added 12 points in the victory, while Ritch finished as the leading scorer for Sikeston with 16.
Juqualin Wiggins added six points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the win, while Washington finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Oran, now 8-10 on the season, will welcome in Scott Central Friday evening, while Sikeston heads north to face Cape Central on Friday evening as well. Both contests will feature junior varsity action at 6 p.m. with varsity play to follow.
In junior varsity action, the Sikeston Bulldogs defeated the Oran Eagles by a final score of 71-38.
At the break, the Eagles trailed 39-26.
Niquavious Dixon finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six steals for the Bulldogs, alongside Dwayne Harris who added 11 points in the win.
Oran's Preston Scherer led the way for the Eagles with 10 points.