(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Closing out the first night of the Oran Invitational Tournament on Monday, the third-seeded Oran Eagles punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 75-49 win over the sixth-seeded Richland Rebels.
"It was sloppy, but the kids played hard," Oran head coach Joe Shoemaker said. "You can tell we had a lot of inexperienced players out there. We didn't put a lot varsity time on the floor last year with some of these kids.
"They came out and played very hard though and it's something we can build from to start. We have to defend and rebound a lot better (in the future)."
Building a 49-33 lead going into the half, the Eagles came out in the third quarter and continued to put the Rebels in their rearview.
After going on a quick 5-3 run to start the second half, Oran scored 15 straight points to jump out to a 33 point lead, capped by a basket from Blake Henson with 35 seconds left in the quarter.
With the turbo clock in effect for most of the fourth frame, the Eagles were able to run down the clock while only surrendering another 10 points before the whistle.
After allowing Richland to hang within nine points late in the first half, Oran junior Kody Moore credited stronger defensive play in the final two quarters in helping his team pull away late.
"We realized we didn't play very good defense," Moore said, referring to the first half. "We let (Richland) score way too much. No offense to them, but we shouldn't have allowed 33 points in the first half."
Moore had 21 points, including 10 in the third quarter, but was edged out on the Eagles leader board by sophomore Seth Ressel, who finished the night with a game-high 22 points.
Ressel had a big first quarter, scoring 14 points to help Oran build a 29-18 lead entering the second frame, but fouled out early in the fourth soon after connecting on a pair of free throws.
"He's a good kid," Shoemaker said of Ressel. "He works hard and stays in the gym a lot. He needs to cut down on the fouling though.
"It's awful tough to see your leading scoring sitting on the bench in foul trouble."
For the Rebels, Marcus Grayson had a team-high 10 points, followed closely by Nick Daniels and Richard Forshee, who had nine points each.
Adam Lane, Tyler Maddox and Jesse Barnes contributed seven points apiece.
With the loss, Richland moves to the consolation side of the bracket where they will face the Kelly Hawks today at 7:30 p.m.
As for the Eagles, they will play the Advance Hornet on Thursday at 8 p.m. with the winner advancing to the championship game.
"We're looking forward to our game against them and I'd be willing to bet it's going to be a good one," said Moore.
Richland (49) -- Jesse Barnes 7, Nick Daniels 9, Richard Forshee 9, Adam Lane 7, Tyler Maddox 7, Marcus Grayson 10. FG 16, FT 11-19, F 10. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
Oran (75) -- Blake Carlyle 9, Dalton Elfrink 3, Blake Henson 10, Adam Schaefer 8, Kody Moore 21, Alex Heuring 4, Seth Ressel 22. FG 32, FT 6-8, F 20. (3-pointers: Moore 5, Ressel 2. Fouled out: Ressel.)
Advance 76, Kelly 54
ORAN -- With their lone senior Ian Householder on the sideline the entire second half with an injury, the seventh-seeded Kelly Hawks fell 76-54 to the second-seeded Advance Hornets.
"The boys played real hard," Kelly head coach Josh Eftink said. "We're not a real deep team, but they battled and got after it. We took kind of a blow when our only senior, Ian, got hurt.
"He messed up his ankle. I don't know exactly what's wrong with it, but he'll probably be down for a little bit. So when you're not real deep and you lose your only senior it kind of took a toll on us."
Householder was lost during the second quarter after the Hawks had woken up from an early 8-0 deficit to come back and tie things up at 16 in the final minute of the first quarter.
After trailing by two entering the second frame, Kelly was able to take a quick 24-23 lead midway through the quarter on a pair of Jeff Gates free throws before falling back down by four at 34-30 entering the half.
After failing to maintain their momentum early in the game, the Hornets were able to use a 10-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter to pull away for good as Hunter Wilson contributed back-to-back 3-pointers during the rally.
With a newfound 14 point lead Advance was able to keep the Hawks deficit in the double-digits the rest of the way.
"I told the boys if you take the first two minutes of the game and the first two minutes of the third quarter, that's what really hurt us," Eftink said. "So we have to find a way to come out more prepared at the beginning of the game and after the half."
Leading the Hawks, Jeff Gates had 17 points on the contest, followed by Brent Forck with 13.
For Advance, Ethan Barr had a game-high 25 points, including 15 in the first half. Close behind was Layne Below with 23 points while Wilson finished with 10 points on the night.
Coming back out after an up-and-down first half, Hornets' head coach Andrew Halford was happy to see a more controlled second half by his team, which allowed them to pull away from the Hawks.
"The first half we were just fouling everybody," Halford said. "It didn't matter who had the ball for Kelly, if it was on the ball or off, we were just fouling everybody and sending them to the line and getting in bad defensive position.
"But then we got our first group back out there in the second half and got it rolling. Then the other guys coming in kept it going."
Kelly (54) -- Ian Householder 7, Austin Waddlington 2, Aaron Grainger 3, Dustin Schwartz 2, Brent Forck 13, Jeff Gates 17, Gabe Felter 5, Gaven Ray 5, FG 21, FT 9-16, F 12. (3-pointers: Householder 1, Waddlington 1, Gates 1. Fouled out: none.)
Advance (76) -- Jacob Spears 4, Hunter Wilson 10, Ethan Barr 25, Tyler Middleton 4, Trey Wallace 7, Layne Below 23. FG 33, FT 4-9, F 21. (3-pointers: Wilson 2, Below 2. Fouled out: none.)
Scott Central 83, Oran J.V. 35
ORAN -- Guided by a big first half from Dominique Porter and Larandis Banks, the first-seeded Scott County Central Braves rolled past the eighth-seeded Oran Eagles junior varsity team 83-35 to advance to the semifinals.
After scoring eight points in the first quarter, Porter finished the half with 15 as the Braves cruised to a 31-8 advantage entering the second quarter before going up 57-19 at the break.
Porter finished the evening with a game-high 20 points while Banks contributed 17 to Scott Central's cause, all in the first half and 12 in the second quarter alone.
For Oran, Hunter Schlosser and Jacob Priggel and 11 and 10 points respectively while Dustin Gebhardt had six on a pair of 3-pointers.
With the win, the three-time reigning champion Braves will move on to face the winner of tonight's game where fourth-seeded Malden takes on fifth-seeded Bell city at 6 p.m.
Scott Central will play the winner on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Now in the consolation bracket, the junior varsity Eagles will player the loser of Malden/Bell City on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Oran JV (35) -- Cash Kinney 2, Chance Tenkhoff 3, Jacob Priggel 10, Hunter Schlosser 11, Dustin Gebhardt 6, Bear Hicks 3. FG 15, FT 2-7, F 6. (3-pointers: Gebhardt 1, Schlosser 1. Fouled out: none.)
Scott Central (83) -- Dominique Porter 20, LaMarcus Steward 10, Antonio Johnson 7, Steven Minner 2, Nathan Holland 5, Chris Brown 5, Jaylen Porter 6, Tyler Masters 7, Kamryn Johnson 2, Dustin Johnson 2, Larandis Banks 17. FG 36, FT 4-9, F 13. (3-pointers: Brown 1, Steward 1, Dominique Porter 2, Banks 3. Fouled out: none.)