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The Orrick Bearcats just didn’t have the horses to keep up with high-flying Wellington-Napoleon on the Tigers’ home court Thursday night. The Tigers improved their I-70 Conference mark to 3-0, and 15-3 overall, with a 60-30 win over Orrick.
The Bearcats fall to 4-10 overall, and 1-2 in the league.
Orrick scored the first bucket of the game, but then it was all Wellington-Napoleon as the Tigers jumped out to a 23-6 advantage heading into the second period. Bearcat Coach Morgan Dickson said the Tigers flexed their muscles early.
“Wellington came out ready to play and we couldn’t keep up,” he said. “We played hard, but were a bit slow and just couldn’t get anything going offensively. We played well defensively at times, but Wellington is so big, we couldn’t keep up.”
The second quarter wasn’t as high scoring, with the Tigers holding a 10-9 edge for a 33-15 cushion at the half. Following the break, Wellington held a 17-10 advantage in the third frame and a 10-7 edge in the final 8 minutes.
Brett Williams and Ethan Arndt led the Tiger scoring attack with 16 points apiece, with Joey Mulheron adding 11 – 9 of those in the second half. Williams hit four of Wellington’s six 3-pointers.
Eric Rodenberg and Dakota Harth led the Orrick scoresheet with 8 points each with Clayton Jones adding 5.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Joe Kaufman and Preston Karnes with 3 each, Ty Griffin with 2, and Cameron McGlothlin with a free throw.