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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Coming off two straight wins to wrap up the Braymer Invitational, the Orrick Bearcats faced two of the top three seeded squads at the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational. The Bearcats dropped a 64-44 decision Monday night to the second-seeded hosts Tigers, and then battled No. 3 seeded Hardin-Central before falling 64-51.
The two losses put the Bearcats into Friday night’s consolation game to face fellow I-70 Conference member Concordia at 8 p.m.
Orrick, now 3-11, struggled with its shooting touch against Wellington-Napoleon as the Bearcats hit just 37 percent, including one for 12 outside the 3-point arc.
Mason Karnes led the scoring for Orrick with 13 points, in addition to 9 rebounds – 8 of those on the defensive end. John Moore hit for 10 points, while Tanner Wyse scored 9 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Bearcats shot much better Tuesday night by hitting 43 percent from the field, including half of their 8 3-point tries. Werle connected on 4 of his 7 attempts outside the arc on his way to scoring 14 points, with Karnes scoring a game-high 16 points by converting 8 of 9 free throws.