Orono boys cruise to preseason win over Stearns

ORONO - A dominating defense and balanced offense led the Orono boys to 71-37  victory over the Stearns Minutemen in an Orono High School Hall of Fame Tourney preseason game Saturday morning at Orono High School.

 Orono's Connor Robertson (30) puts up a shot over Stearns' M. Clark during the second half of a preseason game in Orono on Saturday. Orono won the game 71-37. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

The Red Riots opened the game on a 6-0 run inside the first two minutes, and led the Minutemen 15-6 at the first quarter buzzer. Orono out scored Stearns 13-10 in the second quarter to take a 28-16 lead at the half time break.

Orono's Jonny Spencer (14) looks up the court while being defended by Stearns' Gabriel Manzo. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Orono put the game away in the third period with a 23-4 score, highlighted by 10 points from Connor Robertson in the period. A 20-17 fourth quarter gave the Red Riots the 34 point win.

Orono's Zack Dill looks for someone to pass the ball to. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Orono's balanced offense saw nine of 11 roster players scoring, including three players in double digits. Robertson scored a game high 19 points, Jon Steelman added 14, and Zack Dill scored 11 points. Also scoring for Orono was SZam Martin with eight points, Jonny Spencer and Ryan Shorette each added five points, Jayden Dana scored four, Evan Konefic had three points, and Jason Desisto added two points.

The Red Riots had seven 3-point baskets, three by Steelman, two from Dill, and one each by Spencer and Konefic. They went 6-for-12 from the free throw line.

Orono's Ryan Shorette (right) puts up a shot for two points during the second half. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)

Bennet Dunstan scored 14 points to pace Stearns in the scoring column. Hayden Friel scored six, Andrew Daigle added five points, and M. Clark had four points. Jacob Kowalski, Cameron Butler, Caleb York, and Gabriel Manzo each scored two points.

Stearns had one 3-point basket from Daigle, and they went 4-for-12 from the foul line.

Stearns Bennet Dunstan (12 blue) loses control of the ball while Orono's Jon Steelman defends. (Photo by Skip Hawkes)
STEARNS  6 10   4  17 -- 37
ORONO     15 13 23 20 -- 71


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