The Orrick Bearcats built a big halftime lead and then held on to grab that elusive first basketball victory of the season Tuesday night at St. Mary’s. The Bearcats got balanced scoring in a 51-49 win over the Trojans in Independence.
“We had contributions from lots of kids, so it was a great team win,” Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said. “We struggled making shots, especially late when we could’ve put the game away, but stayed focused and made plays when we needed.”
Dickson said his Bearcats did a good job on the boards, and also played good defense throughout the night as they improve to 1-3, while the Trojans remain winless in four contests.
Orrick built a 10-4 lead after the first 8 minutes, and took a 26-10 cushion into the locker room at the half. St. Mary’s began to chip away at the Bearcat lead in the third quarter as the Trojans held a 21-17 scoring advantage, thanks to hitting 9 of 10 free throws.
The Trojans fought back to tie the game at 47-47 with less than 2:00 left in the game, but could not overtake the Bearcats.
Clayton Jones led the Orrick scoring with 13 points, while Cam McGlothlin recorded a double-double with a dozen points and 10 rebounds. Eric Rodenberg added 6 points and hit the boards to grab 7 rebounds for Orrick.
Also scoring were Joe Kaufman and Ty Griffin with 4 apiece, Kalija Rogers and Dakota Harth with 3 each, while Anthony Sevart, Preston Karnes and Luke Searcy added 2 points apiece. Michael Montelone scored a game-high 14 points for St. Mary’s.
The Trojans held the advantage at the free throw line as they hit 19 of their 26 attempts, including 18 of 23 in the second half. Orrick visited the stripe 20 times and was good on 12 of them.