Enid News and Eagle
SEMINOLE, Okla. —
Seminole overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Northern Oklahoma College Enid 87-83 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams Thursday night.
The Jets, who dropped to 6-2 overall, had a 59-47 advantage after Daryck Jones hit two technical free throws with approximately 14 minutes remaining.
Jones, who led the Jets with a season-high 20 points, gave NOC Enid a 71-62 lead with nine minutes remaining.
But the Jets went cold and the Trojans seemed to find their range. Seminole went on a 16-4 run to go ahead 76-73 on a basket by Gabriel Chandler with 3:30 remaining.
The Trojans were able to make their free throws in the latter stages with Travis Galbreath putting the final nail in the coffin with two free throws with 4.5 seconds left.
“We just didn’t execute down the stretch,’’ said NOC Enid assistant coach Drew Bridges. “It’s as simple as that. We haven’t learned how to win yet ... I’m not making a lot of excuses, frankly, we just blew the game.’’
Jabril Durham had 25 points for Seminole, while Chandler and Delvonte Pierre had 18. Chandler had 15 points in the second half.
Ben Berry (17) and Corey Alpough (13) joined Jones in double figures.
NOC Enid led 42-35 at halftime, overcoming an early 16-9 disadvantage.
LADY JETS 79, SEMINOLE 74
NOC Enid’s women fared better as Breck Clark had 18 points to lead the Lady Jets past Seminole 79-74 in the women’s game.
The Lady Jets used a 5-0 run in the last 1:46 to put away the Belles to raise their record to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in conference.
The game had 10 lead changes in the second half after the Lady Jets led from start to finish (44-41) in the first 20 minutes.
NOC Enid was able to overcome Seminole’s hot shooting from three-point range with balance as Clark was joined in double figures by Kiara Moore with 15, Rylie Swanson with 14 and Kanesha Woods with 10. Swanson had 14 rebounds.
Seminole’s Tah-Lor Washington tied the game at 74-74 with a 3-pointer with 1:46 remaining, but NOC Enid’s Woods and Moore made two crucial late steals to help secure the victory.
Moore was injured after being fouled on the second steal. Clark, subbing for Moore, hit two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to make it 77-74. Swanson earlier hit the first of two free throws with 1:14 left to make it 75-74.
Seminole turned the ball over on its final possession with Moore ending the game with a layup at the buzzer.
“It’s a good feeling,’’ said NOC Enid head coach Scott Morris. “Our defensive stops bailed us out tonight, but you’re happy to win a game like that. Rylie gave us good leadership tonight and got a lot of key rebounds. Breck hit some big shots for us.’’
Moore and Kori Barrios, who left the game with an injury earlier, will be evaluated today by trainer Julie Baggett, but are expected to be OK.
Whitney Stotler and Jordan Williams both had 16 points for the Belles, now 3-3.
NOC Enid hosts Connors in a women’s-men’s doubleheader Monday.