Oroville hoopsters sweep Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT – Oroville’s boys basketball team outscored Bridgeport in every quarter on Saturday, Jan. 7, but couldn’t pull away until the fourth quarter in a 74-50 victory over the Mustangs.

Bridgeport hit 10 3-pointers in the game to stay within striking distance until late. Cameron Cavadini hit six treys for the Mustangs and finished with 20 points, but the Hornets held him scoreless in the fourth quarter as they finished on a 22-10 run to break the game open.

“Bridgeport played a good game,” said Oroville coach Allen Allie. “Those kids hustle more as a team than I’ve seen awhile.”

Michael Garrett led the Hornets with 22 points, with Connor Hughes adding 20 and C.J. Mathews 14.

“Connor had a good night shooting, as well as Michael,” Allie said. “”They were both coming off shooting slumps. Once again C.J. and Zack Speiker hold down our middle defense with great rebounding and blocked shots that don’t show up in the scorebook. Dylan Rise and Luke Kindred usually don’t get enough press but again they provide some critical plays in our wins.”

Allie said that the Hornets (6-3, 1-0 CWL North Division) are adjusting to his new style of play.

“I am very proud of these kids for sticking to a new system and continuing to change their old habits.”

Bridgeport (0-9, 0-2) remained winless.

The league season heats up considerably this week. The Hornets hosted Pateros on Tuesday after press time, then face defending champion and league favorite Lake Roosevelt on the road on Friday, Jan. 13. Oroville’s next home game is Tuesday, Jan. 17, against Liberty Bell.