The Moore American


January 30, 2013

SaberCats, Roughers tangle for JNIT title

Moore knocks off Lawton



McClure, who was named tourney MVP, led all scorers with 25 points. Wilson added 23.

Hawkins paced the ‘Cats with 21 points and Tucker, who has signed with Alabama State, chipped in with 16.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of fighting,” Wilson said. “We have played for three straight days. At the end of the day, it was whoever wanted it more and didn’t quit playing. I thought we did a good job of fighting.”

The first half, was a battle of each teams strengths. Muskogee’s backcourt of McClure and Wilson were able get any shot they wanted on the perimeter while also driving to the lane for tough layups.

The SaberCats countered with the inside duo of Hawkins and Hannah. The 6--1 sophomores devoured rebounds and shot over the smaller Lady Roughers.

After being tied at the end of the first quarter, Muskogee was able to take a 41-31 lead into halftime as Southmoore settled for bad shots and continually turned the ball over.

“We came out of the first half kind of flat,” Tucker said. “We stuck with them, but we definitely weren’t playing to the caliber that we could.”

Southmoore tightened up its defense in the final period and was able to close in on the Roughers. However, for the third straight tournament this season, they were unable to close the deal in the championship game. It’s something the players now they will have to fix before the postseason.

“I think it is just something we have to work for. The last couple of tournaments didn’t really hurt. I think tonight was a tough for us. I think after tonight we will know we really don’t want to feel this again.”

Moore 50, Lawton 44 (7th place)

After a rocky start to their own tournament, the Lions rolled over the Wolverines Saturday. They jumped out to a 13-5 first quarter lead and never relinquished it.

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