(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
ORAN -- Unlike their last four trips to the Oran Invitational championship game, the Scott Central Braves were feeling the pressure Friday as the final few minutes wound down against Advance.
With a few key turnovers and a key and-one from junior Larandis Banks, however, the Braves were able to hold off the Hornets 75-71 for their fifth straight Oran Invitational title.
"It was good for the kids to see they could win a game like that against a very tough team," Scott Central head coach Frank Staple said. "All of them aren't going to be pretty and thank God we pulled this one out."
Banks justified his first-team, all-tournament selection with a clutch, nine-point fourth quarter that included two of the biggest baskets in the game.
After Advance's big man, Ethan Barr, made it a one-point game at 70-69, Banks came down on the Braves next possession and was fouled driving to the basket.
In hitting the shot and the ensuing free throw for a 3-point play Banks pushed Scott Central ahead by four with 36 seconds to play.
Advance quickly moved down the court on the next possession only to see a steal from Chris Brown lead to an open layup from Banks essentially sealing the game.
Following Banks' basket the Hornets scored quickly, but with only 12 seconds remaining, still trailed by four.
The Braves missed the first shot of a one-and-one and with the Hornets clinging to life, one final turnover sealed the game.
"We just had to keep our momentum and stay on top of things," Banks said of the Braves' late-game stand. "We tried to go to the boards as hard as we could.
"Barr, he's tough down low and we tried our hardest to keep him off the boards."
Before Advance's fourth quarter push, Scott Central had pulled away by as many as nine with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
Back-to-back buckets from Advance to end the frame closed their deficit to five and they stayed within six points the entire final frame, but never take the lead.
"We just had guys step up when they needed to," Staple said. "They figured out what we had to do defensively, just not get beat back.
"We just had guys making plays at the end that won us the game."
Banks finished the game with 23 points, going 5 of 5 in the fourth from the free throw line.
"He's our closer," Staple said of Banks. "He's a special player and he's going to go really far. He's just that guy that we look to."
Senior Jaylen Porter provided a game-high 25 and though none of those came in the fourth, Porter hit all four of the Braves' 3-pointers on the night. His 18 first half points helped Scott Central maintain a 39-39 tie at the half.
He was one of two Braves selected to the all tournament second team with Tyler Masters also making the cut. Masters had 13 points in Friday's contest.
"We had some choppy moments," Porter said. "We lost the ball a few times and had a couple turnovers, but we pulled the win out."
For Advance Trey Wallace had a team-high 20 points while Barr and Lane Below provided 19 and 14 points respectively. Both Barr and Below were selected first-team, all-tournament.
On the loss, Hornet head coach Andrew Halford credited the Braves aggressive in causing a couple late turnovers.
"That's Scott County," Halford said. "They pressure you and they want you to turn that ball over and you have to be ready for it.
"We have to take care of the ball and be ready to play every night."
ADVANCE (71) -- Tyler Middleton 10, Lane Below 14, Trey Wallace 20, Curtis Gilliland 8, Ethan Barr 19. FG 28, FT 11-12, F 15. (3-pointers: Middleton 2, Below 2. Fouled out: none.)
SCOTT CENTRAL (75) -- Chris Brown 2, Larandis Banks 23, Tyler Masters 13, Blain Johnson 2, Jaylen Porter 25, Kendall Blissett 8, Cameron Blissett 2. FG 31, FT 9-14, F 12. (3-pointers: Porter 4. Fouled out: none.)
ORAN -- Led by a 25 point night from senior Kody Moore, the Oran Eagles claimed third place in the Oran Invitational tournament on Friday with an 82-63 win over Malden.
Oran came out of the gate with a monster first quarter where they out-scored the Green Wave 26-4. Malden rebounded with a strong second frame to close the gap to 13 points entering halftime, but were outpaced again in the second half.
The Eagles had nine 3-pointers in the contest, including seven by Moore.
ORAN (82) -- Kody Moore 25, Seth Ressel 9, Chance Tenkhoff 16, Hunter Schlosser 6, Jacob Priggel 5, Alex Heuring 21. FG 32, FT 8-16, 16. (3-pointers: Moore 7, Ressel 1, Tenkhoff 1. Fouled out: none.)
MALDEN (63) -- Malik Perkins 26, Dajuan Crigler 7, Gunner Jones 1, Hale 1, Cortez Dobbins 20, Romello McCoy 8. FG 24, FT 12-19, F 17. (3-pointers: Perkins 1, Crigler 1. Fouled out: Perkins, McCoy.)
ORAN -- The Chaffee Red Devils won the consolation bracket of the Oran Invitational tournament with a 68-59 decision over Kelly on Friday.
Peyton Montgomery had 27 points for Chaffee and Charlie Montgomery had 14. For Kelly, Gaven Ray had 20 points, including three 3-pointers.
CHAFFEE (68) -- Peyton Montgomery 27, Cody Johnson 4, Layton Tenkhoff 4, Storm Estes 3, Jared Walker 6, Jimmy Golden 10, Charlie Montgomery 14. FG 22, FT 19-29, F 13. (3-pointers: Peyton Montgomery 2, Estes 1, Walker 1, Golden 1. Fouled out: none.)
KELLY (59) -- Gaven Ray 20, Austin Waddlington 2, Trey Walker 4, Brent Forck 8, Josh Roberts 10, Derrick garner 2, Gabe Felter 13. FG 23, FT 9-14, F 22. (3-pointers: Ray 3, Robert 1. Fouled out: Walker, Forck.)