Oran boys basketball goes for its second Class 2 state championship in three years when it faces Greenwood on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri.
The Oran boys basketball team came up just short in the Class 2 state championship game, falling 55-54 to Greenwood on Saturday at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri.
Sophomore Aminu Mohammed scored 24 points for Greenwood (29-3), which ended Oran's 22-game winning streak.
A 3-pointer by Grant Harper gave the Blue Jays the lead for good with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining. Oran had chances to tie or take the lead but was unable to do so. Mohammed missed a free throw with two seconds left, but Oran couldn't make the shot at the buzzer. The bench wanted a foul but none was forthcoming.
Tyson Goodale had a team-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Oran (30-2), and Ty Johnson added 14 points and five rebounds.
Oran led by as many eight in the third quarter, but Greenwood responded with a 6-0 run. Tommy Pinegar caught fire, hitting three long-range 3-pointers in the quarter.
Oran pushed the lead back to seven thanks to a Goodale 3 with less than two minutes left in the period, but the Blue Jays scored the final five points of the quarter to cut Oran's lead to 43-41 heading into the fourth.
Greenwood then scored a minute in to tie the game at 43-all.
Todd Priggel then hit two free throws to restore the Eagles' lead but Mohammed responded with a 3. It was like that all quarter with the Blue Jays capturing the narrow win.
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Cooper Priggel scored a outback at the buzzer to give Oran boys basketball its largest lead of the game at halftime.
The Eagles led Greenwood 29-23 at the break as Ty Johnson has a team-high 12 points. Greenwood's star Aminu Mohammed has 13 points. He averages over 30 points per game.
Oran won the opening tip and scored within seconds as Ty Johnson found Tyson Goodale under the basket for a layup. Goodale scored the first six Oran points, and the Eagles led by four with less than two minutes left in the period.
The Blue Jays responded with a 7-0 before Jacob Shoemaker hit a pointer in the final seconds of the quarter to tie it up at 16-all.
Shoemaker and Goodale both finished with six points in the first half.
Despite the 6-foot-4 Mohammed's presence, Oran out rebounded Greenwood 14-9 in the first half. Oran didn't play anyone taller than 6-feet.
Championship Saturday is upon us.
The Oran boys basketball team goes for its second Class 2 state title in three years at 2:40 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles (30-1) bring a 22-game winning streak into the matchup against Greenwood (28-3) at JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri.
Greenwood, which is located just 200 feet from the JQH Arena, has a five-star recruit in Aminu Mohammed. The 6-foot-4 sophomore is averaging over 30 points per game and scored 35 points while grabbing 23 rebounds in a 61-54 semifinal win over Plattsburg on Friday.
Behind some hot shooting and a full-court press, Oran overcame Van-Far's height advantage Friday to earn a 58-40 semifinal victory over the defending state champions. Jacob Shoemaker scored 24 points in the win.
The Eagles will likely need another big game from the senior guard, who scored 33 points in Oran's 2017 state championship victory. If you are interested in learning more about Jacob Shoemaker and his relationship with his father, Oran coach Joe Shoemaker, check out this story by Phillip Suitts.
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