By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Despite holding the edge over Santa Fe on the boards, the Orrick Bearcats dropped a tough 69-52 decision at Santa Fe Monday night, and then wrapped up the regular season Tuesday with a 59-42 home loss to Concordia.
The Bearcats played one of the better games of the season in the loss to the Chiefs according to coach Jared McMahon.
“We out rebounded Santa Fe by double digits and went to the free throw line shooting over 85 percent,” he said.
McMahon said the Bearcats ran into trouble in the closing stages of the game.
“We killed ourselves at the end by giving up multiple turnovers in the last four minutes of the game, turning an 8-point deficit into nearly a 20-point loss,” McMahon said.
The Chiefs held an 18-16 lead after 8 minutes and took a 34-27 advantage by the intermission. Santa Fe outscored Orrick 16-14 in the third quarter and ended the night with a 19-11 surge in the fourth period.
Keaton Graf and Andrew Curry led the Chiefs, now 15-9 overall and 5-2 in the I-70 Conference, with 20 points apiece. Curry also grabbed 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Chad Tieman posted 16 points for Santa Fe, which shot 44 percent from the field and connected on 10 of 18 free throws.
Mason Karnes ended the night with a double-double for Orrick. Karnes converted 7 of his 8 free throws for 15 points and also hit the boards for 11 rebounds.
The complete story is in the Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 Richmond News.