Chicago Orr races past Byrd in second half

Chicago Orr races past Byrd in second half


Chicago Orr races past Byrd in second half


When Orr Academy of Chicago needed to turn up the intensity, that’s exactly what the Spartans did Saturday in a 60-42 win against Byrd in the Bossier Invitational championship at Bossier High.

An outsized and out-manned Byrd team out-hustled Orr into a 27-27 halftime score, but the Spartans outscored Byrd 23-3 in the third quarter to decide the title.

“They’re the best team we played, and I think they decided it was time to play,” said Byrd coach Rusty Johnson. “I saw them play three times, and they sloughed around until they needed to play.

“They remind me of Scotlandville last year with their size, but (Scotlandville) wasn’t as good as Orr is. We played a good first half, but in the third quarter, it was over.”

Orr scored the first 19 points of the third quarter with Armoni Olgesy contributing eight of his game-high 15 points.

Byrd didn’t score for the first seven minutes of the quarter until a Kory Ashley 3-pointer cut Orr’s lead to 48-30. Ashley finished with 11 points.

Orr dominated in the paint, logging double-digit blocks while double-teaming and sometimes triple-teaming Chad Lott.

Lott scored all of his team-high 14 points in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets forced Orr into turnovers and nailed open shots as they raced to a 15-8 lead. Byrd also crashed the boards early, beating Orr to rebounds and loose balls.

Lott made three baskets at the rim in which he was fouled, converting two three-point plays and scored 10 of Byrd’s first 15 points.

“We’ve played all over the country, and Chad Lott is one of the best players I’ve seen,” said Orr coach Lou Adams, whose Spartans were forced into double overtime by Natchitoches Central in the semifinals. “Basketball in this area doesn’t get enough credit because of all the football.”

Orr pieced together a 13-0 run to take a 21-15 lead near the six-minute of the second quarter, but Byrd responded with an 8-0 run for a 23-21 edge.

“That’s going to be the best team we play this season, so I feel like if we can play with them, we can play with anybody,” Lott said.

“This is a confidence booster for myself to let me know I can play with those caliber of players, and it’s one for our team because we did hang with them.”

Lott and Montrey Thomas (five points) made the all-tournament team while Orr represented the other three spots with Marlon Jones (12 points), Lou Adams, Jr. (nine points), and Tyquan Greer (nine points).

Byrd advanced with a 63-59 win against Bossier. Lott (23 points), Thomas (14 points) and Ashley (11 points) led the way for Byrd while Bossier’s Devonte Hall (23 points) and Darius Leary (17 points) paced the Bearkats.

Natchitoches Central nearly beat Orr in a 73-68 double overtime semifinals loss.


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