Chargers clinch Olympic title

Mindy Carls
Orion’s Matt Thor (44), center, leaps to defend against a shot during the Farmington game on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Farmer gym. The Chargers won to clinch the Olympic Conference championship, their first in six years.

Orion clinched the Olympic Conference championship with a 53-38 win over Farmington in varsity boys basketball on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

It is the first Olympic title for the Chargers in six years.

To pull off the feat, Orion had to win at Farmington. The Chargers surged to a 10-2 lead in the first period, but the Farmers whacked away at their deficit with a 14-8 advantage in the second.

Clinging to an 18-16 advantage at intermission, Orion steadily opened the lead in the second half.

The Chargers outscored their hosts 14-11 in the third, then blew the game open with 21 points to 11 for the Farmers in the fourth.

Hurting Farmington from inside and out, Orion’s Josh Hutton and Cody Williams led all scorers with 16 points each.

Lucas Grymonprez added 11.

Also putting points on the board were Ian Cooper and Tyler DeDecker, four each, and Matt Knoll, two.

Hutton fired in both of Orion’s treys. Farmington also had two.

At the line, Orion made 17 of 22 free throws. Hutton shot 6-for-6; Grymonprez, 5-for-6; Williams, 4-for-5; and Knoll, 2-for-4.

Farmington put in six of nine.

The Chargers committed 16 fouls and the Farmers, 22.

Orion improved to 24-4 overall, 10-1 in the conference.