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The Orrick offense came alive in the third quarter Friday night to help lift the Bearcats to an 82-62 I-70 Conference road victory at Sweet Springs.
The Greyhounds held a 39-29 lead at the half, but Orrick came out in the third period to post 29 points, as Clayton Jones hit for 14 of his game-high 23 points. Orrick closed out the game by outscoring Sweet Springs 24-15 in the fourth period. Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson liked what he saw in that third frame.
“What a fantastic third quarter,” he said. “It was a real treat to see and even though many kids played hard, I thought Nick Lafferty really gave us a spark with tough defense. The kids were excited about this game and wanted to prove that our No. 5 seed in the district was off the mark.”
Dickson added his Bearcats played with intensity throughout the game as they improved to 3-4 in the league and 7-14 overall.
Orrick hit 30 of 73 field goals, while Sweet Springs took only 55 shots from the field and connected on 19. The Bearcats also held a 40-34 rebounding edge with Eric Rodenberg leading the way on the boards with 11, to go along with his 14 point to complete the double-double. Dakota Harth and Joe Kaufman also reached double-figure scoring with 11 points each.
Kalija Rogers added 8 points and 8 steals, with Cameron McGlothlin hitting 5 of his 6 free throws on the way to a 7-point night.
Nick Peoples paced the Greyhounds with 20 points as he hit 8 of 12 from the field and pulled down 18 rebounds.