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Boys Basketball v. Tangy
The boys basketball team had a big win on Friday against rival Olentangy.
They kicked off the game with a 13-0 lead. The first quarter ended 13-2, Orange on top.
The Braves battled back and narrowed the lead to 6 points. The half completed with a score of 24-18, Pioneer lead.
Orange started the second half on fire, but so did Braves sophomore Sean Marks.
Both teams made no mistake shooting, and capitalizing on three point shots. The third quarter ended 47-38, Orange still with the lead.
Thanks to the Pioneers 13-0 start, the Braves never had a lead in the game.
In the final minutes, both teams battled to an exciting finish. Orange stole the win with a score of 59-55.
The Pioneers look forward to a rematch against Olentangy on Feb. 10th at home. Make sure to be there to support!
Boys Basketball v. New Albany
On Saturday Jan. 21, the boy’s basketball team took on former division rivals New Albany in a big time game. Orange struggled to get the ball to fall all night; a late comeback fell short with the final being 47-38.
Both teams struggled throughout the first half to score but were only down 16-14 at the break. New Albany caught fire in the third and pulled ahead by 14, but in the fourth senior Zach Stablien took over with 14 points and tried to rally a comeback that fell short in the end.
“I knew that if we wanted to have a chance to win the game, I would have to step up and hit big shots. So I came into the fourth quarter with the confidence shooting the ball and that allowed me to make big shots, although we fell short in the end,” Stablien said.
Hockey v. Desales
Orange Hockey took on St Francis Desales Friday January 20 in a late night match up at the Dublin Chiller. They struggled through the first two periods but went on to win decisively, with the final score being 8-4.
The late start got to both teams with sloppy play through most of the first and second period but the Pioneers dominated late in the second and all of the third. Orange was led by seniors Mark Murley and Nick Brandt who both had two goals and led by example.
“We came out slow in the first and let them stay in the game but in the second period we started to play our game. That play carried into the third and we wore them down and dominated them with the fundamentals,” said Brandt.
Hockey v. Liberty
This past Friday, the hockey team took on its sister school Olentangy Liberty losing 4-2. This was the second time the teams faced off this season, with Powell winning the first meeting 4-1.
The game was fast with tons of action in the first period with senior Mark Murley scoring two Orange goals: those goals were matched by Liberty and the score was 2-2. After a Liberty goal with eight minutes remaining in the second, the score was 3-2. They shut down Orange, with solid a defense and by the end of the night would add an insurance goal to sure up Liberty’s 4-2 win.
“We learned that we need to match their speed on the ice and minimize the opportunities they have in front of our net,” sophomore goalie Nathan Thompson said.