Norman North boys 48, Southmoore 46: The SaberCats came out of the gate running. They got out on fastbreak opportunites whenever they had a chance. That included Darius Hodge going coast to coast for a thunderous slam dunk to help Southmoore take a 23-10 first quarter lead.
However, the Timberwolves didn’t rattle. They stayed calmed and slowly crept back into the contest. Lindy Waters and Marcus Dickinson led the charge as they combined for 19 points in the second quarter.
North led 33-32 at halftime.
With 2:25 left in the game, Justin Bean put the SaberCats up 46-43 with a basket in the paint. But the Timberwolves hit on 3-of-4 free throws to tie the game at 46-46.
The Cats’ Darius Hodge missed a pair of free throws and North got the ball back with 2:02 left. The T-Wolves ran the clock down to 32 second left when Waters drove into the lane and passed off to Payton Prince for a tough layup in traffic that put the Timberwolves up 48-46.
Southmoore unbounded the ball to Preston Smith. He dribbled up to the top of the key and took a 3-pointer. But it was off the mark. Prince got the rebound and was fouled. However, he missed both free throws, giving the Cats one last chance to send the game into overtime.
Southmoore’s Chelvin Webb drove the court and heaved up a 3-pointer that banged off the backboard.
Waters led all scorers with 18. Dickinson added 17 points.
Bean led the SaberCats with 17 points. Brandon Mosby chipped in with 9.
Moore boys 69, No. 3 Del City 65
The Lions flew out to a 40-28 halftime lead and held off the surging Eagles in the second half.
Jaylin Wilson posted 23 points for Moore, who have now won three games in a row. The Lions and SaberCats face-off Friday in a make up game.
No. 3 Midwest City boys 71, No. 19 Westmoore 51
The Jaguars suffered their first defeat of the season against the seventh ranked Bombers.
Tripp Fuller had 13 points in a losing effort.