(Brent Shipman, Staff)
This past Tuesday, the Eagles used a 25-7 third quarter run to distance themselves from the Risco Tigers in an 80-66 win after entering the frame with a one-point lead.
This time around, up six at the half taking on the visiting Scott City Rams Friday night, the Eagles burst out of the gate in the third scoring 23 consecutive points before the Rams could answer to easily cruise to a 76-46 win.
"We have a little habit of not playing hard enough and we discussed that at half time," Oran head coach Joe Shoemaker said. "They came out and played hard in the second half and did what I expected of them."
Up until that point, the two teams had played a tight back-and-forth game that saw Scott City close to within one of the Eagles with under two minutes to play in the second quarter.
In the final minute-and-a-half of the second, however, the Eagles converted on 3 of 4 free throws while Nathan Michelsen added a 2-pointer to give Oran the 35-29 edge going into the half.
From that point on it was all Oran as Scott City was unable to find the net until only a few minutes where left in third when the Rams where already down by 27 points.
Already 64-37 entering the fourth, Oran continued to play strong, outscoring Scott City 12-9 in the frame to make up the final.
Having a big night for the Eagle's, Michelsen led Oran with 22 points in the contest, including 13 in his team's dominant second half.
"Nathan's really shot the ball well the last two games," Shoemaker said. "He's taken a lot better shots for us now and that's something we've worked with him on.
"He's done a lot better job of that and his shooting percentage has went up. He's scoring the same or more points with less shots right now."
As for the Rams, it was Zach Cotner edging out Landon Robert for first on their team with 17 and 15 points respectively.
Now at 4-1 after winning two straight, Oran will host visiting East Prairie Tuesday with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m. while currently 0-4 Scott City will host visiting Advance Friday with junior varsity play also starting at 6 p.m.
SCOTT CITY (46) -- Logan Henson 2, Landon Robert 15, Jesse Sanders 2, Hunter Cox 5, Justin Modglin 3, Zach Cotner 17, Ryan Fortner 2. FG 17, Ft 7-16, F 12. (3-pointers: Robert 3, Modglin 1, Cotner 1. Fouled out: Cotner).
ORAN (76) -- Caleb Priggel 2, Nathan Michelsen 22, Preston Scherer 12, Kody Moore 4, Tyler Heuring 10, Reece Mangels 6, Jon Morrow 18, Blake Henson 2. FG 32, FT 8-14, F 20. (3-pointers: Michelsen 2, Scherer 2. Fouled out: none).
Earlier Friday night it was the Rams junior varsity squad coming away with a win over Oran's junior varsity. Riding Ryan Brock's 28 points, Scott City took a 14-point lead going into the final frame before going on to a 63-44 win.
SCOTT CITY (63) -- Travis Phillips 5, Eric Essner 3, Forrest Copeland 4, Eric Urhahn 11, Trevor Job 3, Jon McFall 6, Ryan Fortner 3, Ryan Brock 28. FG 25, FT 14-24, F 19. (3-pointers: Urhahn 2, Job 1. Fouled out: none).
ORAN (44) -- Seth Bessel 18, Chance Tenkhoff 5, Kody Moore 2, Alex Schlitt 7, Bear Hicks 8, Cash Kinney 4. FG 17, FT 9-19, F 24. (3-pointers: Bessel 1. Fouled out: Luke Carter).