Orr looked a little shaky out of the gate in its season opener, making only one field goal in the first quarter. The Spartans eventually hit their stride and dominated in the second half, making 16 of 27 attempts after the break while cruising to the victory at the Mac Irvin Classic at Larkin.
Providence-St. Mel (5-2) managed to hang around, trailing only 48-41 early in the fourth quarter. Any chance of a comeback was quickly dashed as Orr ripped off a 14-2 run to put things out of reach. Demetrius Dortch had nine of his 14 points during the surge for the Spartans.
Tyquone Greer posted a team-high 17 points for Orr. The 6-7 senior added six rebounds and three steals.
Eighteen turnovers didn’t help the cause for Providence-St. Mel, which got big games from Bernard Lilly Jr. (18 points) and Tevin King (16 points, four steals). Orr was without starter Marlon Jones as he sat out after missing practice, but the Spartans (1-0) still had four players in double figures as Louis Adams Jr. (11 points) and Donnell Williams (10 points) made key contributions.
“With it being our first game of the season we had to get warmed up. Once we came in the locker room at halftime we figured out what we had to do.” — Greer