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The Orrick Bearcats had to withstand a 3-point barrage from Kingsville Saturday afternoon in the third-place game of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. The Tigers connected on eight 3-pointers, but Orrick held on for a 57-51 victory and will take a 6-6 record into the start of conference play on Tuesday.
Ross Shull and Stephon Tutton hit for three 3-pointers each for Kingsville, but Orrick Coach Morgan Dickson though his defense played well down the stretch.
“It was a tough game,” he said. “Both sides played hard, but I think our defense and rebounding was the key. Even thought they made eight 3’s, we played well defensively. Offensively, we struggled making the short shots, but we hung together and came out with the “W”.”
Clayton Jones, who was named to the all-tournament team, paced the Orrick scoring with a game-high 23 points, as he hit three from outside the arc. Luke Searcy added 14 points to the Bearcat scoring, followed by Cameron McGlothlin with 9, Kalija Rogers with 5, while Justin Dickson and Ty Griffin added 3 apiece.
Orrick trailed 14-13 after one period and 28-25 at the half. Each time it appeared the Bearcats were about to take control, Kingsville would get a 3-pointer. The Tigers held a 37-35 lead with 4:20 remaining in the third period, but Orrick ended with a 7-0 run to take a 42-37 lead into the final 8 minutes. Tutton hit one of his two fourth-quarter 3-pointers to tie the game at 42-42 for Kingsville, but Orrick would out score the Tigers 15-9 the rest of the way. The Bearcats connected on just 5 of 13 free throws in the final frame, and 10 of 26 for the game, while Kingsville made 5 of 7 from the stripe.
Shull ended the game with 15 points for Kingsville, with Tutton added 11.
PHOTO: Orrick’s Kalija Rogers (1) draws the foul late in Saturday’s third-place game of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. The Bearcats defeated Kingsville 57-51. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)