Chase Brackman ruined a pretty good comeback effort by the Orrick Bearcats Saturday in the third-place game of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. Brackman, who ended the afternoon with 14 points, hit a baseline jumper with 12 seconds remaining to lift Concordia to a 47-46 victory over Orrick.
The Bearcats were on top 13-11 after one period and 27-25 at the half despite sending the Orioles to the line throughout the first two quarters. Concordia scored 12 of its first half points from the stripe on 18 attempts. The Orioles opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take the lead and held that advantage until the Bearcats jumped on top 44-43 with 2:15 remaining in the game.
Orrick held off Concordia until Brackman’s 10-foot jumper slipped through the net. The Bearcats had one last shot following a timeout, but could not get it through the hoop.
“The kids fought hard and came back to take the lead, but we just couldn’t finish the deal,” Bearcat Coach Morgan Dickson said.
Also scoring for Concordia were Carter Brown with 12 points, while 12 of Brackman’s points came after the break. Brackman was selected to the all-tournament team.
Orrick was led by all-tournament selection Clayton Jones with 16 points, while another selection, Dakota Harth added 5. Also scoring for the Bearcats were Eric Rodenberg with 8 and Ty Griffin with 4, while Justin Pierson, Joe Kaufman, Preston Karnes and Nick Lafferty added 2 each.
PHOTO: Clayton Jones (11) scored a game-high 16 points for the Bearcats in Orrick’s loss to Concordia. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)