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The Orrick Bearcats finished strong Tuesday night in their first game of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament as they handled Hardin-Central 60-48. The Bearcats took a slim 44-38 lead into the final 8 minutes and closed out the night with a 16-10 scoring advantage as they snapped a two-game slide, and improved to 3-5.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs, after dropping their second game of the tournament, fall to 5-9 for the season. Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker feels his team should have started to jell by this point of the season.
“It was not a good game for us,” he said. “We are at a point in the season where we should be hitting our stride and playing our best basketball, but we are playing very poorly.”
Thacker added Orrick did a better job of rebounding and his team is still struggling with turnovers, which helped the Bearcats out-shoot the Bulldogs 70-50. Hardin-Central committed 32 turnovers for the night and also lost the rebounding services of Daniel Carpenter in the second half when he was injured falling into the bleachers. Carpenter had 4 points with 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists before leaving the game.
Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson felt his Bearcats played with more focus than they have recently.
“We had more energy and played as a team,” he said. “We still need to finish shots, especially layups, and make better passes, but I was happy with the effort.”
Dakota Harth led the second-half surge for Orrick as he scored 14 of his game-high 20 points, while Eric Rodenberg hit for 8 of his 10 points in the final two periods.
The Bearcats held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, and 27-20 by halftime. Orrick cut into the Bearcat lead in the third frame with an 18-17 scoring edge.
Patrick King led the Hardin-Central scoring with 16 points, with Mark Carpenter and Chris Herring each adding 14. Herring hit three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs – all of those in the third period. Mark Carpenter also grabbed 9 rebounds with 3 assists, with King blocking 5 shots and 4 steals on the defensive end.
Cam McGlothlin led Orrick on the boards with 9 rebounds to go along with his 6 points, with Harth hitting the boards for 8 rebounds.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Ty Griffin with 5, Luke Searcy with 4 and Kalija Rogers with 2.
PHOTO: Orrick’s Ty Griffin (33) puts up a jumper over Mark Carpenter of Hardin-Central during their meeting at the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)