Concordia boys I-70 title shot upended early
With big goals after a 3-0 start to the season, the Concordia High School Orioles boys basketball team couldn’t stay perfect through the I-70 Conference Tournament, falling to Wellington-Napoleon HS in the first round. They would clean up with dominant wins over Santa Fe HS and Sweet Springs HS in the second and third game, respectively, but unfortunately for the Orioles, they would be shut out of an appearance in the championship with the loss.
No need to worry for Orioles fans, however: the Orioles move to 5-1 with the net-positive tournament performance.
Saturday, Dec. 7 — I-70 Conference Tournament first round — Crest Ridge HS
A back-and-forth affair kicked things off for the Orioles when they opened conference tournament play with the Wellington-Napoleon HS Tigers. While both teams played tough down the stretch, it was a fourth quarter comeback that lifted the Tigers over the O’s, 61-58.
Things didn’t look great for the Orioles early on, as a trio of 3pt field goals lifted the Tigers up 18-11 in the first quarter despite five points from senior Colby Stein.
Their lead would have a short life, however, as the Orioles would flip the first quarter script and outscore WellNap 18-11 to knot the score at 29 heading into the second half behind six points from junior Austin Droege and five points from junior Troy Brandt.
A third-straight quarter was decided by seven points when the teams returned to action, with the O’s earning the third quarter advantage 22-15 to extend the lead to 51-44. Senior Peyton Moore played a huge part in the quarter, knocking down a pair of 3pt shots and a 2pt shot while senior Brayden McGinnis put in six points.
The good times would come to a halt throughout a tight fourth quarter, however, as the Orioles wouldn’t be able to hold the lead and would ultimately fall 61-58 behind a tough final burst from the Tigers.
Despite a 10/15 free throw shooting performance, the O’s would only knock down 4/7 fourth quarter attempts and missed their only attempt in the third quarter. The Tigers shot a porous 7/15 from the charity stripe as well.
Moore collected 14 points in the contest, followed closely by Brandt’s 13 and McGinnis’s 12.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 — I-70 Conference Tournament second round — Crest Ridge HS
Santa Fe 38
The Orioles found their groove from the floor in their second round matchup with Santa Fe HS, putting up multiple 20-plus point quarters in a 60-38 drubbing.
Scoring kicked off quickly for the Orioles, dropping 23 points in the first quarter behind 11 points from senior Colby Stein. A quieter second quarter still saw the Orioles extend their lead, moving the tally to 35-15 heading into the half.
Six Concordia players would hit the net in the third quarter, with junior Troy Brandt (five points) and junior Peyton Moore each hitting from outside as part of a 20-point quarter, moving the score to 55-31.
The Chiefs would have too much of a deficit to dig out of, and they would ultimately lose 60-38 as the Orioles provided too much firepower for Santa Fe to mount a comeback.
All eight Orioles to suit up would score, led by Stein’s 16 points (two 3pt field goals) and Brandt’s 11 points. Junior Austin Droege would also crack double-digits with 10 points.
Friday, Dec. 13 — I-70 Conference Tournament 5th Place Game — Crest Ridge HS
Sweet Spgs 36
An early lead propelled the Orioles to a convincing lead over Sweet Springs HS, knocking off the Greyhounds 49-36 to earn fifth place in the I-70 Conference Tournament.
Senior Brayden McGinnis led the charge early with seven points in the first quarter, leading the squad to a 17-8 lead after one quarter.
Despite getting held to just nine points in the second, O’s defenders clamped down even more in their own right, holding the ‘Hounds to just six points and extending the lead to 26-14.
With a comeback attempt feasible in the third quarter, the Orioles did their part to ensure it was only wishful thinking by recording just six points allowed to 14 scored, bringing the score to 40-20 and essentially ensuring the victory heading into the fourth. The Orioles would be able to ride the final period out and coast to a 49-36 victory and fifth-place finish.
The O’s would knock down 9/13 free throws in the contest, while Sweet Springs only would attempt nine throughout, knocking down four.
McGinnis would finish with 17 points, while junior Peyton Moore earned 11 points. Juniors Troy Brandt and Austin Droege finished with eight and seven points, respectively.