“If we make free throws and don’t turn the ball over late, we have a really good chance of winning that game,” Hodges said. “We had a four point lead with a minute left; we’ve just got to do a better job of executing and finishing. We have to get Norman credit though; they made some big shots to win that game.”
Finley finished with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists while being named tournament MVP. Cooper Clark added 19 for the Tigers.
Trey Ayala had 19 points and five boards for Westmoore and Thompson added 19 as well. Both joined Tripp Fuller on the All Tournament team.
After a back-and-forth first half, NHS built a 10-point lead in the third quarter, only to see the Jags storm back as center Sam Blodgett was forced to sit much of the second half with foul trouble and fouled out midway through the fourth. His counterpart from Westmoore, Fuller, took advantage of his absence, scoring 13 points and eight rebounds before himself fouling out late in the game.
“The difference in the game was probably our lack of defensive effort in the first half,” Hodges said. “I was really proud of how we battled back after being down by 10 in the third quarter. We’ve got to start games out with a better focus and intensity at the defensive end.”
Westmoore faced Southmoore Tuesday and will head into Christmas vacation after facing Norman North Friday.
“It’s still really early in the season, so we just have to keep getting better,” Hodges said. “It will be good to get back to practice and work on some things. We know how tough our conference is, so we have to continue to work and improve. I still really like our team and we know our best basketball is ahead of us.