As he watched Del City jump out to a seven-point lead, Southmoore coach Wes Brown saw the same problems that had plagued his team in an early season loss to the Eagles.
Unable to match Del City's quickness, Brown switched to a zone defense in the middle of the first quarter. It sparked a 13-0 Southmoore run, and the SaberCats kept running, finishing with a 67-45 win at Del City on Tuesday night.
“They're a lot quicker than us. The first time we played, they went right around us and we got in foul trouble,” Brown said. “It started off that way, and when we shifted to the zone, we were able to slow them down.”
Justin Bean scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead the SaberCats, while Preston Smith added 14. Chelvin Webb and Brandon Mosby had 10 apiece.
Brett Cannon scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half to lead Del City.
EDMOND MEMORIAL HOLDS OFF NORMAN NORTH
This time, there would be no overtime. However, there would still be some tense moments between No. 5 Edmond Memorial and No. 8 Norman North.
For the second straight time, the Bulldogs came through, pulling off a 76-68 victory to run their winning streak to four games.
“It gives us confidence and we know what we need to do in the playoffs,” Memorial sophomore Kristian Doolittle said.
Memorial opened the season with a 53-48 overtime win against the Timberwolves.
Doolittle was unstoppable for Memorial this time, scoring 27 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He also made 15 of 18 free throws, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.