Orioles take down Smithton to start the season
Friday, Nov. 22 - Nonconference - Smithton HS
It didn’t take long for the Concordia High School Orioles boys basketball team to shake off their early-season jitters, dropping 20 points in a quarter twice and getting ahead early en route to a 70-64 victory on the road against Smithton High School.
Senior Peyton Moore kicked the scoring off for the Orioles with a three-pointer, and would hit two more before the quarter ended, finishing the period with nine points. Senior Brayden McGinnis also scored multiple buckets (four points) in the first, and the Orioles would advance to the second quarter ahead by 11, 20-9.
The second quarter also featured 29 points scored between the two teams, but the scoring was much more even this time around, with Smithton outscoring the Orioles 15-14 despite five points from junior Austin Droege and four points each from Moore and junior Troy Brandt.
The Orioles also got outscored in each of the second half’s quarters, but just barely — 14-13, and then 26-23 in the fourth. However, the deficit would be too much for Smithton to overcome, ultimately falling to Concordia by a final tally of 70-64.
Brandt scored four points in each of the final two quarters, while Moore put in nine points in the half. 11 of McGinnis’s final 13 points came in the fourth quarter.
Free throw shooting was slightly problematic in the fourth-quarter, knocking down nine of their 18 fourth quarter attempts. It was enough to ice the game, but they would like to finish games stronger from the line. It wasn’t an especially prevalent problem throughout the match, however, as they would knock down 12 of 20 free throws in the first three quarters.
Moore would finish with a team-high 22 points, while McGinnis and Brandt finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
The Orioles are one-for-one, advancing to 1-0 (0-0) with their fourth-straight victory.
The Class 2 Tigers fall to 0-1 with the season-opening loss.