Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson is still looking for a complete-game outing from his Bearcats. Trailing by just one point at the half Wednesday night, Orrick was outscored 35-21 in the second half by Kingsville, as the Tigers advanced to the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament title game with a 66-51 victory.
Kingsville had jumped to a 19-8 first quarter lead, but the Bearcats, led by four 3-point buckets – three from Clayton Jones, rallied to cut the Kingsville lead to 31-30 at the break. Orrick managed to grab a quick lead early in the third period, but the Tigers would end up taking a 52-41 lead into the final 8 minutes and closed out the game with a 14-10 scoring edge. Dickson said he would like to see a little more consistency in his Bearcats, who drop to 3-6 for the season.
“If we put four quarters together like we played the last half of the second quarter, we’ll be a tough team to beat,” he said. “We lost the momentum in the third quarter and never recovered. The kids played hard and are getting better.”
Kingsville was led by Ross Shull who scored a game-high 17 points as he went 6 for 8 at the free throw line to go along with three 3-pointers. Ryan Bishop and Levi McKiddy added 13 points each while two more Tigers also found double figures as Dane Ross hit for 11, followed by Andrew Leehy’s 10-point effort.
Dakota Harth led the Orrick scoresheet with 14 points, with Cam McGlothlin adding 11, and Jones ended the night with 9 points. Also scoring for the Bearcats were Joe Kaufman with 6, Ty Griffin with 5, Eric Rodenberg with 4, and Luke Searcy with 2.
Kingsville also held a huge advantage at the free throw line by hitting 14 of 24 attempts, while Orrick visited the stripe just 9 times in the game and converted 4 of them.
The Bearcats will play Concordia Saturday at 1 p.m. in the third-place game.