MOORE — In a loss to Norman North last week, Moore coach Aaron Howell was not pleased with his team’s defensive effort. After giving up 83 points, he said that was not Lions basketball.
With rival Southmoore in their house Tuesday, Howell recognized his team again in the second half as the Lions rolled through the SaberCats 64-44 on their home court.
“I think the second half we played well,” Howell said. “The first half was very sloppy, no defense, didn’t cause any pressure. The second, they turned it on. The key was the Norman North game. They knew what was going to happen if we didn’t come out and play defense. They knew it was going to be another loss, and I don’t think they were willing to accept that.”
Dorian Gigger racked up 20 points and dominated the game on both ends of the court. With the team playing short handed, it was the type of game Howell expected from him.
The Lions (6-3) played without starting guard Maurice Davenport, who will miss the next two weeks with a strained hip flexor. They were also without Braydon Powell, who just joined the team late last week after moving from the Southmoore school district into Moore’s. Powell had been a member of the SaberCats (4-3) up until Thursday when he enrolled at Moore.
Even though the Lions were cold from the perimeter to start the night, their offense was still rolling. Facing a smaller ‘Cats’ frontcourt, Gigger was able to take advantage in the paint. He was able to grab multiple offensive rebounds and put them back without must resistance.
“The key was be aggressive,” Gigger said. “Go after offensive rebounds. Just call for the ball every time I can get the ball. Just continue to be aggressive.”
Moore led 17-9 to end the first.