MOORE — Norman North tipped off against Moore on Friday with revenge on its mind. The Timberwolves lost to the Lions by three points earlier in the season but bounced back on Friday, jumping out fast against the Lions and holding them off late 83-73 at North’s gym.
North jumped on top in the first quarter, but was only able to build a 36-30 lead at halftime. That was the same margin that held going into the fourth quarter, but that was when North took control of the game.
But it was the Lions missing 17 free throws that really hurt them.
“It’s tough,” Moore coach Aaron Howell said. “Especially when every day all we do is shoot free throws and people take it half-hearted. It bit them in the butt today. With the real ball players, I won’t have to mention it. But as a coach I will definitely make that a point this coming week.
The Timberwolves were led by Lindy Waters, who turned in a huge night. The sophomore finished with 22 points, while Trae Young added 20 for North, which won its eighth straight game.
Jaylin Wilson paced the Lions with a game high 27 points. Brayden Powell added 13 in the loss.
Moore played shorthanded after losing the services of junior point guard Dante Butler, who was dismissed from the team. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Cole Oliver and off the bench by Christian Ohler..
“We are playing great team ball right now,” Howell said. “The ball is moving . We are getting more out of our inside game and I like how we’re playing right now with the group of guys that we have.”
Since the end of last season, Howell has had to clean house of remove a few players from his team.
“You’re going to get it or you’re going to get gone,” Howell said. “It’s that simple. We give every opportunity. I’m the nicest guy in the world. But you’re not going to destroy the family we’re trying to build. That’s not meant for anyone in particular. But we’re teaching family. We’re playing family ball right now and I like it.”
Edmond Memorial 59, Southmoore 51: EMH used a 18-11 third quarter to hold off the SaberCats.
Chelvin Webb scored 15 points for the Cats. Justin Bean added 13.
Westmoore 69, Del City 66 OT: Behind Hunter Glover steady hand, the Jags upset Del City Friday. The senior drained three free throws in finals seconds to send game into overtime. He also hit a walk-off 3-pointer in the extra period right before the buzzer sounded to end the game.
Tripp Fuller led the Cats with 22 points. Glover scored 12.
Westmoore boys 64, Southmoore 61: After trailing by double digits almost the entire first half, the SaberCats clawed back into the game in the fourth last week Feb. 11.
Late in the contest Southmoore had the ball and trailed 63-59. Preston Smith was fouled attempting a 3-pointer from the corner with 5.6 seconds left. He made 2 of 3 from the line.
With the Jags leading 63-61, Westmoore’s Matt Humphries was fouled and connected on 1 of 2 of his foul shots to leave the door open for Southmoore.
With 4.5 seconds left, Southmoore got the ball to Chelvin Webb. He had a clean look at a game-tying 3-pointer, but it came up short as the buzzer sounded.
Tripp Fuller scored a game-high 22 points for Westmoore. Dervon Hill added 18 and Dakota Foster chipped in with 13.
Justin Bean had a team-high 18 points. Smith scored 17 points in the defeat.