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Oran uses big third quarter to down Risco

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Oran's Reece Mangels (45) goes up for a layup against the Risco Tigers on Tuesday night as Risco's Luke Bixler (00) looks on. Oran won the contest 80-66. Brent Shipman, Staff
RISCO -- Try as they might, the Risco Tigers couldn't find a way out of the big hole they dug themselves into during a rough third quarter against the visiting Oran Eagles Tuesday night.

Down by 19 to start the fourth quarter, the Tigers were able to work their way back to within 10, but with time winding down they would fall short as the Eagles secured a 80-66 win.

"When we came out and we weren't hitting, we kind of let our intensity drop a little bit," Risco coach Brandon Blankenship said the third quarter slump. "Then it seemed like when we weren't scoring they were getting easy buckets.

"We weren't making them work very hard."

Up until that point, the Tigers had battled the Eagles the entire first half with the two teams swapping leads back-and-forth until Oran took hold of a 33-32 advantage going into halftime.

For pretty much the entire third quarter it would be all Oran as the Eagles opened up on a 13-point drive that was thanks in large part to Jon Morrow contributing seven points during the run.

By the end of the quarter, the Eagles had gone on a 25-7 run capped by Kody Moore throwing up a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give his team a commanding 58-39 lead entering the fourth.

Starting out the fourth, Risco's offense finally got back in the groove of things, slowly closing back in on Oran with Luke Bixler hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to put the Tigers back to within 10 points with about two minutes to play.

Running out of time and forced to foul, however, the Tigers could only watch as the Eagles connected on 4-of-6 free throws in the final 1:30 while Tyler Heuring added a 2-pointer to help lock down the win.

"We got a nice lead (in the third), we just have to do a little bit better at handling pressure there at the end," Oran coach Joe Shoemaker said. "We extended it a little bit, but we need to extend more than we did tonight.

"As a coach you always want to see that lead get bigger."

Leading the Eagles, Morrow finished with 23 points, followed by Michelsen, whose 19 points were good for second on the team.

Though he only tied with Heuring for third on the team in points, all 12 of Moore's points came in clutch situations. After not scoring in the first half, Moore netted the above mentioned 3-pointer to end the third before going 9-of-12 on free throws in the fourth to keep Risco at bay.

As for the Tigers, Bixler and Pavy both put up big nights, leading their team with 25 and 22 points respectively.

Bixler was a large part of Risco's late resurgence as he connected for four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone as part of 14 total points in the frame.

"He's capable of doing that," Blankenship said of Bixler. "He's typically a point guard so most of the time he looks to ditch, but anytime he's open like that we want him to (shoot)."

Next up, Risco (2-2) hosts Delta C-7 Thursday at 6 p.m. while Oran (3-1) will host Scott City on Friday at 6 p.m.

Oran17162522--80
Risco1220727--66

ORAN (80) -- Caleb Priggel 4, Nathan Michelsen 19, Preston Scherer 8, Kody Moore 12, Tyler Heuring 12, Reece Mangels 2, Jon Morrow 23. FG 30, FT 18-33. F 16. (3-pointers: Michelsen 1, Moore 1. Fouled out: none).

RISCO (66) -- Luke Bixler 25, Chris Pavy 22, Austin White 7, Jeremey Fowler 4, Hunter Knight 2, Kris Walker 6. FG 24. FT 8-14, F 24. (3-pointers: Bixler 6, Chris Pavy 3, White 1. Fouled out: Bixler, Fowler, Jordon Pavy).


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