The Orrick Bearcats split their first two games of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. After dropping a 62-32 decision to the host Tigers on Monday, the Bearcats bounced back to stop the Blue Springs South junior varsity 62-51.
Clayton Jones scored a game-high 20 points to lead Orrick and improve the Bearcats’ season mark to 5-6.
“We played well tonight,” Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson said. “Our bigs did a good job inside and we ran the floor well. South was a very athletic and quick team, but we were able to break their press and get some layups.”
Orrick scored 19 points in each of the first three periods and pushed its lead to as many as 23 points before letting the reserves get some court time in the final 8 minutes.
Luke Searcy added 14 points to the Orrick offense Tuesday with Cameron McGlothlin adding 9.
On Monday, the Bearcats fell behind state-ranked Wellington-Napoleon early and never recovered in their opening night loss to the hosts.
The Tigers jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first period and Orrick was able to cut the deficit to 8 points in the second quarter and trailed by 10 at the half.
Wellington-Napoleon took control of the game with a 16-2 advantage in the third quarter as the Tigers remained unbeaten for the season.
“The kids competed hard, but the Tigers are a very talented team and we couldn’t keep up,” Dickson said.
Ethan Arndt led Wellington with 16 points, while Brandon Davis added 10. Jones paced the Bearcat scoring with 15.