MOORE — Of all the area teams to play in tournaments last weekend, the only one to emerge as a champion was the Moore boys basketball team. They defeated Lawton 55-44 Saturday to win the Chickasha Classic.
“The key was defense,” MHS coach Aaron Howell said. “There is no question about it. To cause that many turnovers and be able to score off of most of them was an eye opener for this team and they know that we don’t just have to be an offensive team. We can create a lot of points by playing tough defense.”
On its way to the title, the Lions knocked off Duncan (64-44) and Altus (86-49) in the first two rounds.
“I think the first game we played lazy and too relaxed,” Howell said. “Not moving the ball much and just settling for 1 pass and tossing it up. Defensive pressure was not consistent. Against Altus we wanted to jump on them quick. They have an athletic group of guys with good size so we turned up the pace and started to run. 3rd quarter, the guys really played tough defense and we ended up scoring 36 points in that quarter if I remember right. We shot the ball excellent from three-point also. Our supporting cast had the opportunity to come in early and continue our play and strengthen our depth and team.”
While the first two games were relatively easy, Moore had a tougher time putting away the Wolverines with a title on the line. Dante Butler paced the Lions with 17 points.
“Against Lawton we started slow but had another very strong third quarter and we took a 20 point lead in the third,” Howell said. “Lawton was very quick and rebounded offensively very well. They are a very good team. They are going to give lots of teams problems.”