MUSKEGON — Ludington’s boys basketball team started strong and finished that way in a 94-68 West Michigan Conference Lakes Division victory over Oakridge on the road Thursday.
The Orioles established control early, outscoring the Eagles, 17-9 in the first quarter and then gaining a 23-22 edge in the second for a 40-31 lead at the half.
Oakridge mounted its late second quarter comeback behind a trio of 3-point buckets from Peyton Ruel which cut a 15-point deficit down to nine.
David Shillinger cooled off the run when he buried a shot to end the half for the Orioles.
Ludington outscored the Eagles, 29-12 in the third period and entered the fourth quarter with a commanding 69-43 lead. Both teams scored 25 points in the fourth.
Shillinger finished as the game’s high scorer with 35 points for the Orioles. Aidan Gilchrist and Levi Laman added nine apiece and Matthew Westhouse had eight.
Ruel scored 21 for the Eagles, followed by Matthew Danicek, Ethan Jozsa and Primmer with 10 each.
Ludington is now 4-0 overall and improved to 2-0 in the WMC Lakes with the Orioles’ next scheduled game next Tuesday hosting Montague in the conference.
Oakridge dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference, with the Eagles next scheduled to take the court at home against Fremont in the conference.