Top-seeded Oran boys basketball takes down Valle Catholic in district semifinal
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- It took about a quarter and a half for the Oran boys basketball team to get rolling Tuesday. When the Eagles hit full stride, Valle Catholic had no answer.
Top-seeded Oran outscored the No. 5 Warriors by 12 points in the second quarter to open a 13-point halftime lead before cruising to a 72-43 victory in a semifinal of the Class 2 District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center.
With the win, the Eagles advance to the district championship game and will face No. 3 Scott City at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Oran trailed early in the first quarter and led by one point, 13-12, after the first eight minutes. However, a 24-point effort in the second quarter helped the Eagles pull away.
"They're well-coached and came ready to play," Oran coach Joe Shoemaker said. "We just missed a couple shots. It wasn't necessarily tightness. We were just giving up a couple of easy looks and just had to settle down a little."
Jacob Shoemaker led the Eagles with 27 points and nine rebounds.
Oran (18-8) started slow, as Valle (13-12) scored the first four points of the game. While the Eagles responded with seven straight points, they couldn't shake the lower seed in the first quarter.
Oran began to pull away in the second quarter, during which Jacob Shoemaker poured in nine points. First, though, Valle pulled to within one, 22-21, off a steal and a fast-break layup by senior Tristan Rollhaus, who scored a team-high 19 points.
Following that basket, Coach Shoemaker called a timeout with 4 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the half. Out of that stoppage, Oran ended the half on a 15-3 run and carried a 37-24 advantage into halftime.
Valle never drew closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Part of Oran's early trouble was due to an inability to get back on defense. With Cole Priggel dealing with foul trouble, the Eagles didn't always have their customary last defender on the floor. That led to problems, as Valle often pushed the ball up the court after scoring in the first two periods, which led to easy buckets.
"Our back guy was in foul trouble, Cole Priggel," Joe Shoemaker said. "We did a bad job of communicating and getting somebody else back. It really showed tonight. He does so much for us that doesn't show up on the stat sheet, and that's one of those things."
In the second half, Oran did a better job limiting transition points.
Max Priggel added 16 points for the Eagles, and Layne Johnson had 12 points. Oran shot 51.6 percent from the floor (16 of 31), including 50 percent (8 of 16) from beyond the arc.
Valle finished 35.4 percent (17 of 48) from the field and was 3 of 24 (12.5 percent) from long-range.
VALLE CATHOLIC (43) -- Tristan Rollhaus 19, Mason Skaggs 4, Ryan Grein 2, Coleman Keeley 3, Cole Wood 9, Carter Roth 2, Brian Dunlap 3, Christian Loida 1. FG 17. FT 6-10. F 16. (3-pointers: Rollhaus 2, Loida. Fouled out: Wood.)
ORAN (72) -- Denver Elfrink 3, Max Priggel 16, Todd Priggel 7, Cole Priggel 2, Layne Johnson 12, Jacob Shoemaker 27, Drew Reischmann 5. FG 24. FT 16-23. F 13. (3-pointers: Shoemaker 5, Johnson 4, M. Priggel 3, T. Priggel 3, Elfrink. Fouled out: None.)