By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — The Southmoore boys defeated Flower mound (Tx.) 69-59 to seal third place in the John Nobles Basketball Tourney Saturday at Moore High.
Brandon Mosby had the task of slowing down the Rebels’ Devontee Patterson. After a subpar game Friday, Patterson, the son of former NBA star Michael Finley, came with more energy Saturday of the John Nobles tourney.
The SaberCats led 62-54 with 2:05 left in the fourth. The Rebels’ Keenan Holdman was fouled and knocked down two free throw attempts. But the SaberCats broke Flower Mound’s full court press, and Brandon Mosby scored an easy layup.
The ‘Cats got another defensive stop and the Pride fouled Justin Bean, who made 1 of 2.
The Rebels could never get any closer as the SaberCats continued to make free throws to close out the contest.
Bean scored 25 points to lead the ‘Cats’ charge. Chelvin Webb added 15 points and Preston Smith chipped in with 12.
The SaberCats fell to the third place game after losing Friday night to rival Moore. And it was a former teammate who helped put them there.
When Brayden Powell left Southmoore to attend school at Moore last year, it was not on the friendliest of circumstances. So whenever the two schools hook up, no one wants to win more than him.
Powell showed how much it means to him as he helped lead the Lions to a 65-59 victory over the SaberCats.
“It was great,” Powell said. “Especially because we’ve wanted this as a team for a long time. The guys wanted to do it for me because I came from there. We wanted to show we’re a family to.”
With 2:46 left in the game, Jaylon Wilson put the Lions up 54-49 with a pair of free throws. However, Justin Bean answered for the SaberCats with a 3-point play to cut lead to two.
Dante Butler gave Moore a 56-52 advantage with two more free throws. Bean missed a 3-pointer, and Powell finished a fastbreak with a thundering two-hand dunk and was fouled. The ensuing free throw put Moore up five.
Moore’s Justin Beam added two more from the foul line on the next possession.
The game seemed to be over, but Southmoore quickly cut the lead to 61-59. Wilson hit 1-of-2 from the line and the Lions led by three with 45 seconds left. The SaberCats missed a shot and fouled Moore’s Zeke Guy on the other end. He hit both free throws to put the contest away.
“We just took too long to wake up,” Southmoore’s Preston Smith said. “It was there. We had to grab it. It was there. We just didn’t wake up in time.”
Bean led the Cats with 21 points. Darius Hodge added 20 while Chelvin Webb chipped in with 13.
Butler paced the Lions with 18 points. Wilson and Diontre Cutliff each scored 11 while Powell posted 8.
Ponca City 50, Moore 41: With 3:52 left in the fourth quarter, Amanda Patterson knocked down a jumper to close Ponca City’s gap to 41-36. The Cats scored three straight before the Lions’ Breanna Jones and Allison Rogers closed the score to 44-39.
With 1:30 left, Moore trailed 46-40. Cheyenne Hull was fouled and drained both free throws. Patterson was fouled and made 1 of 2.
The Lions forced a turnover but Patterson missed a floated form baseline.
Ponca City knocked down enough free throws down the stretch to close the game out. The Cats Ponca City played without starting senior guard Brianne Cherry, who was on the bench in street clothes.
Hall led all scorers with 27 points. That included knocking down seven 3-pointers.
Patterson scored 16 points for the Lions. Ashlie Rose and Allison Rogers each chipped in with 7.
The night before, MHS lost to No. 5 Choctaw 65-43.
The Lady Lions found themselves trailing 24-8 after eight minutes of action. Choctaw took advantage of multiple first half turnovers and turned them into easy fastbreak points.
Moore slowed the Yellowjackets’ attack down somewhat in the second half, but just didn’t have enough firepower to make up any ground.
Choctaw Freshman Ana Llanusa led all scorers with 22 points.
Amanda Patterson paced the Lions with 17 points. Ashlie Rose added 11.
Southmoore girls, 55, Tahlequah 46:
After seven straight losses, the SaberCats broke their streak with a win over THS in the seventh place game at the John Nobles Tourney.
Southmoore’s struggles without injured forward Serithia Hawkins continued in the first two games of the tourney when they fell to Ponca City and Muskogee.
Yukon girls 41, Westmoore 36: The Jaguars cruised to the finals of the NewCastle Invitational with easy wins over Yukon JV and Bethel. But they were unable to get past the Millers in the championship bout.
“We really played pretty well,” Westmoore coach ANdrea Guziec said. “We had a few too many turnovers against Yukon, but played hard and competed to win.
Guards Sydney Chastain and Ashley Gomez were named to the all tournament team. The Jags also got strong play from Kaci Richardson and Victoria Lay.
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