After picking up their first victory of the season a week ago against St. Mary’s, the Orrick Bearcats turned around and repeated the feat – this time in the opening round of the Bill Burns Classic at Lathrop. The Bearcats improved their mark to 2-3, while keeping the Trojans winless in five games with a 54-49 decision.
Clayton Jones led the way for Orrick with 18 points, while Cam McGlothlin added 11. Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said his team played well for the most part, but are still having trouble getting their shots to go down.
“Defensively we played pretty well,” he said. “We were doing a better job of moving our feet. Offensively, we just couldn’t hit shots. Almost every shot we took was a good shot, we just couldn’t hit.”
Dickson added his team did not rebound well on the offensive end, and he would also like to see better passing Wednesday as he expects a more up-tempo game in the semifinals against East Buchanan.
Orrick jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first 8 minutes as Jones hit a 3-pointer and 3 of his 4 free throw attempts. St. Mary’s cut into the Orrick lead a bit in the second quarter as the Bearcats took a 26-21 advantage at the half. Both teams struggled offensively in the third frame with Orrick holding a slight 7-5 edge.
The Bearcats used the free throw line to hold off the Trojans in the final quarter as Orrick hit 13 of 20 from the stripe, with Anthony Sevart converting all 6 of his attempts. The Bearcats ended the night hitting 21 of 34 free throws, while the Trojans were 9 of 15.
Blake Scofield led the St. Mary’s attack in the final 8 minutes with 12 of his 17 points, and two of his 3-pointers. James Newbury added 15 points for the night with 8 of those in the final period.
Also scoring for Orrick were Eric Rodenberg with 7, Sevart with 6 and Preston Karnes with 4. Kalija Rodgers, Dakota Harth and Luke Searcy chipped in 2 each, while Ty Griffin and Nick Lafferty hit one free throw apiece.
Orrick will meet Mid Buchanan Wednesday at 6 p.m.