Cards upset No. 4 Orleans
A trio of Bloomfield Cardinals racked up double-digit scoring to lead their team to a 44-42 upset of Class A No. 4 Orleans on the road Saturday night.
Senior Andy Cochrane paced the trio with 16 points while Ryan O'Neall added 15 and Drake Vandeventer added 11 as the Cardinals improved to 5-12 on the year.
"This was a very nice win for the boys, they deserve it," Bloomfield coach John Bucher said. "They've been in some very close games this year.
"To be able to go down to Orleans and beat them on their own floor it says a lot about our team. The kids came together and did the things that had to be done to win the game late."
Bloomfield staked themselves to a 16-10 lead at the first stop before things tightened in the second quarter as Orleans narrowed the margin to 21-20 at the intermission.
The Cardinals extended their lead again in the third quarter holding a 33-29 edge with eight minutes to play.
Bucher said there were several key plays made by Vandeventer at the free throw line, Holden Hamm at the point guard position and Bryce Lindsey and Payton Karl defensively as well as Cochrane.
He credited Lindsey for contributions made that won't always show up on the scoresheet.
"The Lindsey kid didn't score but his defense helped us come up big at the end of the game," Bucher said. "He was very poised when we needed it."
Bucher praised Karl for coming off the bench and providing solid defense inside on players much taller than the 5-11 junior.
"He was matched up against 6-6 all night long and really had his work cut our for him down low," Bucher said. "Under the circumstances he did a pretty decent job of battling with the big kids and hit a couple of big shots for us there in the fourth quarter."
Hamm, who added six rebounds, six steals and five assists to go along with his two points, drew praise for his hustle and determination from Bucher.
"He really did a nice job of controlling the offense and showing leadership and a lot of guts," Bucher said. "He was extremely busy. Six is several steals for one kid and he did a very good job of handling the basketball."
The Cardinals return to action Friday when they travel to North Daviess for a 6 p.m. Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference contest.
BLOOMFIELD (44) -- Cochrane 6 2-2 16, Lindsey 0 0-0 0, VanDeventer 5 0-0 11, O'Neall 6 2-4 15, Hamm 0 2-3 2, Karl 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-9 44.
ORLEANS (42) -- Johnson 5 1-1 11, Smith 2 0-0 4, Parks 0 0-0 0, Bradley 1 0-0 2, Carroll 6 2-5 14, Mathers 2 0-0 6, Warren 0 0-0 0, Busick 0 0-0 0, Jones 2 0-0 5. Totals 18 3-6 42.
Bloomfield 16 5 12 11 -- 44
Orleans 10 10 9 13 -- 42
3-pointers -- Bloomfield 4 (Cochrane 2, VanDeventer, O'Neall 1), Orleans 3 (Mathers 2, Jones). Total fouls -- Bloomfield 18, Orleans 16. Fouled out -- none.