Concordia Orioles dominate against Holden Eagles
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Nonconference - Concordia HS
A dominant squad met the Class 3 Holden High School Eagles when they arrived in Concordia for a matchup with the Concordia High School Orioles boys basketball team as the Oís got ahead by double-digits early and maintained the margin throughout the game, pulling off the 65-51 victory in their first performance of the year on the home court.
The Orioles faced almost no resistance in finding the bottom of the net in the first quarter, as senior Peyton Moore left the block to knock down three threes. Additionally, seniors Colby Stein and Brayden McGinnis scored seven and six points each in the first quarter, respectively, en-route to a team total of 27 points for a 27-10 lead.
Moore drilled a three-pointer through contact in the second quarter but couldnít complete the four-point play, and then knocked down another three in the third quarter. Holden had cut the margin down to 15 (49-35) heading into the fourth quarter, but it would be too much to come back from as the teams essentially traded buckets in the fourth quarter, completing the Concordia victory.
While itís still early in the season, the Orioles havenít seemed to have much trouble finding points in the new year, and this contest was another example. Led by their seniors, Moore, McGinnis, and Stein each had their way offensively. Moore drilled five of his teamís six three pointers en route to 19 points, while McGinnis and Stein combined two-point plays with free throws to finish with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
As a team, the Orioles knocked down a respectable 11 of their 17 free throws. They also did well to limit the opposing attempts to just seven attempts, knocking down two.
After four straight losses to Holden in their annual matchup from 2012-2015, they have reversed course and picked up victories in four straight matchups.
The Orioles advance to 2-0 (0-0) on the young season. They will look to keep the official scorer busy again when they begin the I-70 Conference Tournament on Dec. 7.