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Once again, the Orrick Bearcats had trouble getting out of the starting gate Friday night in a 78-67 loss at Windsor.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 23-14 first-period lead behind the effort of Corey Buford. Buford, who ended the night with a game-high 31 points, posted 15 of those in the opening period which included two of his three 3-pointers.
“The first and third quarters were again our downfall,” Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said. “We’re getting better, but still have things to work on. We have a very busy week, so hopefully things will start clicking.”
Tony Balbirnie added 21 points for the Greyhounds, with a half dozen of those coming in the first period.
The Orrick offense picked up in the second quarter with Clayton Jones leading the way. The Bearcat junior, who ended the night with 26 points, scored 14 of those in the second period with a 3-pointer and 5 of 6 free throw shooting. Jones also ended the night leading the Bearcats with 5 steals. Windsor increased its 43-35 halftime lead with a 17-13 scoring advantage in the third. The Greyhounds held off Orrick in the fourth by hitting 8 of 14 free throws.
Dakota Harth added 11 points for the Bearcats with two of his three 3-point buckets coming in the final quarter. Harth also led Orrick on the boards with 9 rebounds. Eric Rodenberg added 10 points as he hit 6 of his 8 free throw attempts. Cameron McGlothlin added 9 points for Orrick, followed by Joe Kaufman with 7, Nick Lafferty with 2, while Ty Griffin and Preston Karnes added one free throw apiece.
Jones and Kaufman dished out 4 assists each for the Bearcats who fall to 1-2 in the I-70 Conference and 4-10 overall.