(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Much like their first two games of the Oran Invitational Tournament, the Scott County Central Braves made sure Friday's championship match up with the hosting Oran Eagles was never in question.
Up 36 points at the half, the Braves cruised through the second half to take their third straight tournament championship, 84-32.
"I thought they came out and put their foot on the gas from the start," Scott Central head coach Kenyon Wright said. "That's what you have to do. Hopefully their mentality is to do that and if they can get that mentality that's going to help us (going forward)."
Starting out on a 13-0 run, Scott Central pulled out a 23-point lead entering the second thanks in large part to a combined 23 points from Otto Porter and Stewart Johnson alone.
Despite only playing the first three quarters, Porter easily led the Braves offensive attack, coming away with 34 points on the game including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Also only playing three quarters, Johnson was second on the team with 25 points while finishing with three 3-pointers.
In winning the Oran Invitational, Scott Central put itself in good company with the Braves teams of the past as every prior squad to have won the tournament has made a run to the state final four the same year.
With it way too early to be talking playoffs, however, Wright seems more focused on fine tuning his teams play.
"We still have a lot of stuff to work on," he said. "There's whole bunch of stuff that were not doing that we have to do.
"That's just one of those things, first of the year stuff and hopefully we can get those kinks worked out."
As for Oran, the Eagles had eight different players contribute at least two points with Reece Mangles leading the team with eight.
Finishing in second-place, this year's Eagles team becomes the first to make it to the championship game since 2002.
Head coach Joe Shoemaker was proud to his team's ability to start the season with a title game run.
"You always feel at the end of the tournament if you'd play Scott County in the last game then (that means) you're in a pretty good place usually," he said. "We're proud of that accomplishment for our team."
SCOTT CENTRAL (84) -- Dominique Porter 7, Otto Porter 34, Stewart Johnson 25, Trey Johnson 4, Ben Freed 2, Bryan Freed 3, Zach Abernathy 2, Reggie Woodson 3, Calvin Porter 4. FG 34, FT 7-12, F 12. (3-pointers: S. Johnson 3, Bry. Freed 1. Fouled out: none).
ORAN (32) -- Caleb Priggel 2, Preston Scherer 2, Nolan Urhahn 2, Dylan Adams 5, Kody Moore 5, Reece Mangels 8, Jon Morrow 6, Blake Henson 2. FG 12, FT 6-11, F 14. (3-pointers: Adams 1, Moore 1. Fouled out: none).
Advance 97, Richland 79
ORAN -- In the third-place game at the Oran Invitational Tournament Friday night, the Advance Hornets beat the Richland Rebels 97-79.
After falling behind 28-12 to end the first, Richland was able to cut the deficit to eight mid-second quarter before Advance took over the game going on a 25-7 run to end the half leading 62-38.
Despite the loss, Richland's Ryan Kleffer had a monster night for the Rebels, putting up 39 points, including 23 in the second half.
RICHLAND (79) -- Parker Evans 4, Kyle Montgomery 15, Jacob Hyten 6, Tim Mason 2, Aaron Gilbert 5, Ryan Kleffer 39, Nick Daniels 3, Richard Forshee 5. FG 30, FT 18-35, F 25. (3-pointers: Kleffer 2. Fouled out: Montgomery).
ADVANCE (97) -- Dylan Cato 1, Grant Gray 11, Aaron Veale 4, Hunter Wilson 18, John Middleton 19, Ryan Moses 3, Dylan Dunivan 5, Jacob Speares 2, Ethan Barr 13, Darren VanGennip 22. FG 37, FT 21-33, F 28. (3-pointers: Gray 1, Middleton 1, VanGennip 1. Fouled out: Wilson, Speares.