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The Orrick Bearcats erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter against visiting Sweet Springs Friday night to close out I-70 Conference play with a 53-52 victory. Orrick’s win moves the Bearcats back over .500 in the league at 4-3, and into a tie for third place with the Greyhounds.
Orrick, 12-10 overall, trailed throughout the night before outscoring the visitors 21-7 in the final 8 minutes.
“We played poorly in the first half and Sweet Springs was more physical than us,” Bearcat Coach Morgan Dickson said. “We started playing a little better in the third quarter, but the Hounds got a bigger lead. Finally, it was like our kids just decided enough was enough and we started playing tough D.”
Justin Dickson and Clayton Jones led the comeback effort. Jones scored 9 of his game-high 19 points and Dickson added 8 of his nightly total of 12 in the fourth quarter. Coach Dickson said his team’s offense picked up the pace when it started hitting the boards.
The full story is in the Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 edition of The Daily News.