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.
Norman North trailed 71-60 with 3:09 remaining before Marcus Dickinson scored eight straight points. Still behind 72-68 with 41.5 seconds remaining, Norman North's Payton Prince was called for a flagrant foul, resulting in two free throws for Terrill Bruner and Memorial keeping possession. That essentially sealed the game.
Dickinson finished with a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds.
MUSTANG DOWNS PC NORTH
For the second straight night, Putnam City North gave a top-10 team its best shot, but sixth-ranked Mustang was able to come out with the victory, 77-66.
One night after PC North knocked off No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe, the Panthers jumped on Mustang early. But the Broncos picked up the pace and pulled away in the second half behind Jakolby Long's 25 points.
SCOTT CARRIES SANTA FE
Edmond Santa Fe bounced back from its Monday night loss to PC North behind a big night from Curran Scott.
Scott had 31 points in the Wolves' 83-69 win over Putnam City, while Tre Evans and Daron Mims added 15 apiece for Santa Fe. Braden Hudson had 18 points for Putnam City.
Connor Avants' 16 points helped Deer Creek hold on for a 41-40 win over Guthrie. ... Collin Jennings had 20 points for Harrah in a 69-58 win over Carl Albert. ... Jeremiah Gibson's 18 points powered Oklahoma Christian to a 55-48 win over Bethany. ... Three Heritage Hall players scored in double figures to lead the Chargers to a 58-54 win over John Marshall. ... Christian Heritage got 24 from Colton Lindsey in a 67-57 win over Crescent.