Bearcats lose two straight at Lathrop Tournament

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Losing 47-37 to Van Horn Friday in the consolation semifinal round of the Lathrop Tournament, the Orrick Bearcats were eliminated from further play in the Lathrop Tournament. The eighth-seeded Bearcats had lost 64-44 to No. 1-seeded East Buchanan last Wednes-day.

"This was a disappointing loss because we didn't do what we are comfortable doing," Orrick head coach Morgan Dickson said after the setback to Van Horn. "We rushed offensively and didn't take great shots, and we didn't box out well on defense.

"We played good defense on a very quick team. But giving up offensive rebounds and not scoring leads to a loss."

The game was tied 6-6 after the first quarter, but Van Horn led 18-13 at the half and 35-27 with a quarter to play.

Justin Dickson and Jordyn Butler each had nine points to lead the Bearcats, who were only 9 for 22 from the free-throw line and did not hit a three-pointer. Larry Blair added seven points.

F. Orie and T. Betts led Van Horn's attack with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Van Horn was 10 for 20 from the charity stripe and had three three-point baskets.

The Bearcats were shorthanded, battling sickness, and didn't do a very good job with shot selection, according to Dickson, in the opening loss to East Buchanan.

"We handled their pressure fairly well, but shot it way too quickly," Dickson said. The Bulldogs are fast and athletic, and we didn't match their intensity, and (we) couldn't keep them off the offensive glass."

The Bulldogs controlled the game from the start, leading 21-8 after one quarter. It was a 36-19 lead at the half and 54-31 with a quarter to play.

Caleb Mitchell hit three three-pointers and led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Cory Bower added 13 points, and Michael Burton scored 11 points. The Bulldogs were six of 12 from the free-throw line and had four total three-pointers.

Justin Dickson and Cameron McGlothlin paced the Bearcats with 14 and 12 points, respectively. They were four of eight from the free-throw line and did not have a three-pointer.

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