It was a game of runs for Augusta's boys basketball team Thursday night that allowed the Orioles to win their home finale.
At the end of the second quarter, the Orioles turned a 21-20 deficit into a 33-22 halftime lead in just a few minutes' time. Augusta later closed the third quarter on a 10-2 run to take control on way to a 60-48 victory, a strong send-off win for the Oriole senior on Senior Night.
Several of the seniors did their part, but it was junior Connor Hurst who did the most damage. Hurst scored a game-high 25 points and had a handful of steals, a couple of which turned into easy layups the other way. He had of those points in the third quarter to help push the Orioles' lead. Sean Brandenburg and Dustyn McEachern both hit a 3-pointer during the quarter to help Augusta stretch its lead to 49-34.
The Orioles finished with 12 steals and had 13 assists to Clearwater's five. Clearwater stayed in the game early by outrebounding the Orioles. The Indians finished with a 30-23 rebounding edge.
For the seniors, Brandon Smith scored six points, Brandenburg finished with two 3-pointers and 10 points, Tristan Finch scored four and Kyler Steinkamp had two. Junior McEachern hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for the Orioles.
The Orioles also honored those seniors, as well as senior Caleb Laubhan, who started, and Cortlan Jackson.
Augusta closes the regular season with a 15-5 record and will be the No. 1 seed of the El Dorado 4A sub-state tournament next week. The Orioles will play Andover Central in the first round.