Orleans jumps on gas early, drives past hosting Medora

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MEDORA

Medora fell behind early against Orleans on Friday night and was unable to rally, dropping an 82-32 game at home.

Orleans (2-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead, increased its advantage to 13-6 and held a 24-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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Greg Pate had the hot hand for the Bulldogs, shooting 4-for-4 with nine points in the quarter while Evan Sawyer made two 3-pointers in the quarter.

Medora (0-7) made 1 of 6 and had six turnovers in the first quarter, while the Bulldogs shot for 10 for 13.

“I thought for two of three minutes of the first quarter we played alright, and half of the third quarter,” Hornets coach Mark Morin said. “We just can’t sustain anything. I don’t know if they get satisfied or what, or we get away from what we’re trying to do. I hope each game we can play better for a little longer.”

Brandon Moore had Medora’s only basket of the opening quarter, a 3-pointer at the 3:20-mark.

The Bulldogs opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run and stretched their lead to 51-10 at the break.

Cooper Stalker had a hot hand for the Bulldogs in the second period with three 3-pointers and 11 points in the period.

Medora shot 0-for-5 in the quarter. Moore scored all the Hornets points on four free throws.

The Hornets came out hot the start of the third quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 11-2.

Moore had two 3-pointers, Tony Norklun had a trey and JD Fish had a basket during that time.

Orleans outscored Medora 11-2 over the final 4:40 to hold a 64-23 lead going into the fourth period.

Moore topped the Hornets in scoring with 17 points and Fish added 12.

Morin said he was encouraged by the play of his team at the start of the third period.

“It’s hard to get them to keep playing hard when your down 41, but they didn’t give up.”

Duncan Gerkin topped the Bulldogs in scoring with 18, Stalker added 16 and Pate scored 12 points.

“They all gave their all,” Morin said. “I thought Orleans was pretty physical with Moore, and he played a good game, and I thought Fish played well. Sometimes he plays a little too fast, and I’d like to have him slow down. It’s easier to get someone who plays fast to slow down than it is to get someone who plays slow to speed them up.

“Hopefully, we will come back against Shoals (tonight) and put something together.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.