Orion 8th grade basketball

by Mindy Carls correspondent

Orion eighth graders Anthony Clark and Duncan Adamson teamed up for 35 points in a 48-40 win at Prairieland Conference rival Knoxville on Monday, March 1.

Two days later, Rockridge defeated host Orion 45-16 in another conference game.

Knoxville surged to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, but Orion charged to a 17-9 lead in the second. The Blue Bullets clung to a 23-21 lead at halftime, only to have the Chargers sizzle the nets for 27 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the hosts put in only 17.

Clark tossed in 18 points; Adamson, 17; Maddux Arnold, seven; Ryan DeBaillie, four, and Gavin Awbrey, two.

Arnold had the only Charger trey. The Blue Bullets had eight.

At the free-throw line, Orion was 11-for-21. Awbrey was 2-for-2 and Adamson, 7-for-12. Knoxville was 4-for-6.

Officials whistled Orion for 11 fouls and Knoxville for 14.

A general view of official NCAA Tournament basketballs prior to the game between the Louisville Cardinals against the South Florida Bulls.

On Wednesday, the first quarter was fairly close with Rockridge taking a 12-5 lead. In the second period, the Rockets posted 22 points while holding the Chargers to two.

The second half saw Rockridge outscoring Orion 11-9.

Adamson and Arnold spun in five points each; Clark, four, and Awbrey, two.

Arnold roped in the sole Orion triple. Rockridge had six.

The Chargers hit one of 11 free throws, while the Rockets were 3-for-3.

Orion committed four fouls and Rockridge, 10.