Orrick could not recover from a scoreless first quarter Wednesday night as East Buchanan dropped the Bearcats 61-32 in the semifinals of the Bill Burns Classic in Lathrop. The Bearcats, now 2-4, will play for third place Friday night at 8.
Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said his Bearcats did not come out with a lot of intensity.
“Again, we struggled offensively,” he said. “We played good defense the first quarter and had some good looks at the basket, but just couldn’t score. We played with more intensity in the second half, but still had trouble making shots.”
Although Orrick struggled getting points on the board in the opening period, East Buchanan managed only an 8-0 lead on a pair of field goals and four free throws. However, the Bulldogs began to find the ranged in the second quarter as they built a 30-11 bulge by halftime. Bryson Burns paced the Bulldogs in the third frame as he hit for 7 of his 11 points to help East Buchanan increase its advantage to 48-21 entering the final 8 minutes.
Burns was one of five Bulldogs to score in double figures with Adam Godsney and Kent Waller also scoring 11 each, followed by Bret Farmer and Andrew Treat with 10 apiece.
“Hopefully we learned from playing a good KCI team, and can have better and more intense practices to get more prepared for the rest of the season,” Dickson said.
The Bulldogs also visited the free throw line 23 times, while making good on 14 of those attempts, while Orrick attempted just 13, and converting 5.
Preston Karnes and Eric Rodenberg scored 6 points each for the Bearcats, with Anthony Sevart adding 5, followed by Dakota Harth and Ty Griffin with 4 each. Joe Kaufman and Cam McGlothlin scored 2 each, and Kalija Rogers added a free throw for Orrick.