The Moore American

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January 22, 2014

Lions set for John Nobles

MOORE — The 16th ranked Moore boys basketball team experienced the high and lows of prep basketball last week. After knocking off No. 8 Norman North Jan. 14, they fell to rival Westmoore Friday.

“I think we stayed tough against North and didn’t allow ourselves to

get rattled,” Moore coach Aaron Howell said. “Everyone stuck together and we made some changes at half that allowed us to secure the win. I don’t think the game was as consistent against Westmoore. Neither team could get into a good flow. But still it was a great game and they hit some big shots down the stretch to get the win.”

Along with the Moore girls, the Lions (7-5) will host the annual John Nobles Basketball Tournament this week. In order to win it, they will have to show they can play at a high level for three consecutive days.

“In the John Noble Tournament this week I just want to see improvement in offensive execution and continued defensive pressure from start to finish,” Howell said. “The boys have only lost one game this year by more than 7 points and if we improve on the previous mentioned, we will finish strong.”

In the boys bracket, No. 17 Southmoore (6-5) and Tahlequah start the tournament t 11:30 a.m. MHS and No. 19 Lawton (8-5) take the floor at 2:30 p.m. Redemption Christian Academy (TX.) and Ponca City face-off at 5:30 p.m. while Flower Mound (Tx.) and Northwest Classen are in the night cap at 8:30 p.m.

On the girls side, Lawton and No. 5 Choctaw have the first game of the day at 10 a.m. The Lady Lions and Tahlequah play at 1 p.m. No. 20 Eisenhower makes it way back to Moore for the second time in two weeks and will face Muskogee at 4 p.m. Top-seed Southmoore (8-4), which has lost four straight, takes on Ponca City at 7 p.m.

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