Three Bearcats reached double figures Monday night as Orrick slipped past St. Paul’s 60-56 in the first round of the Class 2, District 15 tournament at Santa Fe. Orrick, now 10-17, will meet top-seeded Santa Fe in the semifinals Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said his fifth-seeded Bearcats did a great job of adjusting to the different defenses the Saints threw at them.
“Their box and one on Clayton (Jones) gave us some problems early, but we just fed our big sophomore in the first quarter and he produced.”
Cameron McGlothlin hit for 8 of his 14 points in the opening period to get the Bearcats out to an 11-10 lead. After being held to just a 3-point bucket in the first period, Jones was able to warm up and end the night with a team-high 19 points – 11 of those in the second half.
“Our defense really did a good job getting some deflections and steals, so we could break and they couldn’t use the box and one effectively,” Dickson added. “We did a good job of communicating, especially the bench. This was just a great team win.”
The No. 4 seeded Saints came back in the second quarter to take a 23-18 lead at the break, but once again the Orrick offense came back in the third quarter and outscored St. Paul’s 15-10.
With the score tied 33-33 entering the final 8 minutes, both offenses found their groove. For Orrick, six different Bearcats scored, while Jordan Bredehoeft carried a bulk of the St. Paul’s offense. Bredehoeft scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the final period, with Brandon Haake hitting two of his four 3-pointers. Haake ended the evening with 15 points.
Joe Kaufman scored 8 of his 10 points in the final frame as the Bearcats outscored St. Paul’s 27-23.
Orrick did struggle at the free throw line as the Bearcats hit just 8 of 20 attempts, and were 5 of 11 in the fourth quarter. St. Paul’s visited the stripe just 4 times for the night and converted 3 of them.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Eric Rodenberg with 8, followed by Kalija Rogers with 4, Ty Griffin with 3, and Preston Karnes with 2.