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ORAN -- Looking to provide the first upset in this year's Oran Invitational Tournament the sixth-seeded Kelly Hawks couldn't finish off a fourth quarter push to best third-seeded Advance.
After allowing the Hawks to close within five points in the final minutes of Monday's quarterfinal contest, the Hornets once again pulled away to close out a 67-56 win.
"The boys played a real hard game," Kelly head coach Josh Eftink said of his team. "Advance has a couple of boys that are pretty tough to stop and we gave them all they wanted.
"We cut it to five points in the fourth quarter and we had them sweating a little. We just couldn't quite finish it out."
Holding a nine-point advantage coming out of the half, Advance had a dominant stretch from their big man, Ethan Barr, to a double-digit lead midway through the third quarter.
Barr provided the Hornets nine straight points shortly after the half to push his team ahead 42-29.
Kelly wouldn't go down quietly, however, and on an 8-2 run they started late in the fourth quarter, the Hawks were able to close within five points, at 53-48 with 4:58 left in the game.
A couple more baskets from Barr once again separated Advance as they charged back out to a 61-50 lead with two minutes to play.
With Kelly coming up empty on their next few possessions, Advance was able to pull ahead by as many as 14 points, at 66-52, with 1:03 to play.
The Hawks were never able to close the deficit back to the single digits.
"We missed several free throws tonight and we had some good, open looks that weren't going down," Eftink said. "It's the first game of the year and you come out here knowing you're not going to shoot as well as you could.
"It's first game jitters. We have some guys that it's the first time they're starting on varsity."
Leading Kelly's effort, Gaven Ray had 14 points on the game, scoring all but five in the second half. Gabe Felter was the only other Hawk in double-digits, at 10 points, and Brent Forck and Derrick Garner provided nine and six points respectively.
With 31 points on the night, Barr easily led the Hornets, scoring 18 points in the second half alone.
"He has some good post moves in there and has a good mid-range jump shot," Eftink said of Barr. "He's tough."
Second on the team was Lane Below with 21 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter.
With the win, Advance moves on to the semifinals, where they will face host Oran on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Now in the consolation bracket, Kelly will play Richland tonight at 7:30 p.m.
KELLY (56) -- Gaven Ray 14, Austin Waddlington 4, Trey Walker 5, Jarrod Lynn 3, Brent Forck 9, Josh Roberts 5, Derrick Garner 6, Gabe Felter 10. FG 22, FT 9-20, F 21. (3-pointers: Ray 2, Roberts 1. Fouled out: Walker.)
ADVANCE (67) -- Audtin Miller 8, Braden Bien 4, Lane Below 21, Curtis Gilliand 2, Ben Trout 1, Ethan Barr 31. FG 24, FT 15-31, F 21. (3-pointers: Miller 2, Below 2. Fouled out: none.)
ORAN -- Looking for their fifth-straight Oran Invitational Tournament championship, the top-seeded Scott County Central Braves took their first step on Monday with a 71-45 quarterfinal win over the eighth-seeded Bell City Cubs.
"I thought we had good effort," Scott Central head coach Frank Staples said. "We still made a lot of mistakes and we have a lot things to clean up, but the effort was good overall."
Larandis Banks provided the Braves with 12 first quarter points as Scott Central jumped out to a 23-9 advantage to start the second frame.
By halftime the braves had extended their lead to 42-21.
As part of a 20-point night, Tyler Masters finished the third quarter with 15 points to help Scott Central outscore the Cubs for the third-straight quarter, 25-17, and take a more than comfortable 67-38 advantage into the final frame.
Master's 20 points were a team-high for the Braves while Banks was close behind with 19. Alex Johnson and Jaylen Porter added eight points each to the Braves' cause.
For the Cubs, Jared Yates' 20 points easily led the way with McKenzie Vires finished second on the squad with eight points.
Scott Central (1-2) moves on to play the winner of tonight's Chaffee/Malden game on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Bell City will play the loser of the Chaffee/Malden game in the consolation bracket on Thursday at 5 p.m.
BELL CITY (45) -- McKenzie Vires 8, Jared Yates 20, Nolan Schaefer 6, Aaron Smith 1, Trey Geiger 3, Colbey Gammons 5, Jeremy Green 2. FG 16, FT 9-17, F 11. (3-pointers: Yates 3, Geiger 1. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CENTRAL (71) -- Chris Brown 6, Larandis Banks 19, Alex Johnson 8, Tyler Masters 20, Jayden Porter 8, Kendall Blissett 4, Cameron Blissett 6. FG 31, FT 7-11, F 20. (3-pointers: Banks 2. Fouled out: none.)
ORAN -- Combining for 13 3-pointers on Monday, the second-seeded Oran Eagles punched their ticket to the Oran Invitational Tournament semifinals on Monday with a 106-29 rout of seventh-seeded Richland.
Seniors Alex Heuring and Kody Moore tied for a game-high 25 points on the contest with Moore hitting on seven shots from behind the arc. A total of five Eagles posted double-digit scoring totals, including Chance Tenkhoff (16), Hunter Schlosser (14) and Jacob Priggel (12).
Oran put up 29 points in each of the first three quarters, building an insurmountable 44-point advantage going into the half.
By the fourth frame, that lead swelled to 66 points before Oran capped their performance by outscoring the Rebels 19-8 in the fourth.
Leading Richland's effort was Jesse Barnes with 16 points.
Oran moves on to the semifinals where they will play third-seeded Advance at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
RICHLAND (29) -- Skylar Harper 1, Tristan Wamble 2, Jesse Barnes 16, Nick Daniels 4, Tyler Jacobs 5, Adam Lane 1. FG 9, FT 9-17, F 16. (3-pointers: Barnes 2. Fouled out: none.)
ORAN (106) -- Kody Moore 25, Seth Ressel 8, Jacob Priggel 12, Chance Tenkhoff 16, Hunter Schlosser 14, Alex Heuring 25, Bear Hicks 1, Cash Kinney 5. FG 41, FT 9-18, F 13. (3-pointers: Moore 7, Priggel 2, Tenkhoff 2, Schlosser 2. Fouled out: none.)