With wins over Norman High and Tulsa McLain, the Moore boys basketball entered the Christmas vacation on a high note.

“I think when you put the ball in the hole and decide to play defense, things will work out for you,” Moore coach Aaron Howell said. “I think they are figuring out they can play. The main thing is to continue to defensive pressure and put the ball in the hole.

Moore (2-2) trounced Norman High 55-44. After trailing the first three quarters, the Lions used a 23-9 fourth quarter to put the Tigers away.

Maurice Davenport led the charge with 15 points. Richard Shield chipped in with 12.

Moore was just as impressive in its 79-63 win over No. 12 Tulsa McLain (4A).

“Definitely good wins,” Howell said. “Norman was playing great. You go up to McLain, a very tough place to play. To head into the break 2-2, we wanted to be 4-0, but 2-2 is a good way to go in.”

Dorian Gigger had seen little action offensively in the teams first three games. But he exploded for 21 points against McLain. It was a good sign for the Lions for the rest of the season.

“It’s very good to see Dorian break out like we know he can,” Howell said. “It was kind of rough on him the first two games. Everybody was trying to feel each other out, trying to find their niche. But his niche has never changed. Go score, rebound, and block shots. And just be Dorian and everything will work out.”

Moore returns to action Tuesday when it faces Norman North on the road. Howell believes he will see the team that knocked off NHS and McLain and not the one that dropped its first two games of the year.

“I didn’t think they played as tough as they normally will,” Howell said. “I think they were a little bit timid and nervous. I think they have kind of shaken that off. They know they have a lot of talent and that if you put the ball in the hole and stay committed to defense, everything will work out for you.”

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