By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s men didn’t have a hangover from Thursday’s 72-70 loss to Eastern when the Jets blew a 21-point lead.
The Jets responded with perhaps their most consistent game over 40 minutes in routing Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Western, 75-54 Monday at the Mabee Center.
The win completed a sweep for NOC Enid, which won the women’s game 80-45 behind a season-high 27 points from Marisha Wallace.
The Jets, now 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference, trailed only once (5-4) in the game. NOC Enid broke the game open with an 18-3 spurt capped by two free throws by Xavier McClish to give the Jets a 57-34 lead with 9:48 remaining.
“We did a good job of responding,’’ said NOC Enid coach Greg Shamburg. “We had two good practices coming into the game. I thought we did a good job of keeping our focus and maintaining the lead. We took them out of everything they tried to do.’’
The Jets, who had 19 turnovers in the second half against Eastern, had only five turnovers in the final 20 minutes against the Pioneers. The 54 points is the fewest points NOC Enid has allowed in a game this season.
NOC Enid had a balanced attack. McClish had 15 points, followed by Travis Carbajal with 12 and Trey Cohee with 10. The Jets were effective in going to the basket. Carbajal was five-of-five from the field, including two monster dunks.
NOC Enid was just under 50 percent from the field (21 of 44). They forced 20 turnovers held the Pioneers to under 40 percent from the field.
“A lot of guys were making shots and doing things and sharing the ball,’’ Shamburg said. “It was a good team effort tonight for sure.”
Western couldn’t get in rhythm against NOC Enid’s 1-2-2 man defense.
“They (Western) are a team that runs a lot of sets,’’ Shamburg said. “We didn’t let them get into it too much.’’
Actually, NOC Enid led before the game. Western was called for a technical foul for having dunked in the pregame warmups.
Dalen Qualls hit two free throws, followed by two more charity tosses by McClish 12 seconds later.
Western was called for another technical for dunking in the second half warmups.
NOC ENID 80,
WESTERN 45 (W)
The No. 11-ranked Lady Jets (14-2, 5-0) won their fifth straight game, thanks to a strong inside game offensively, and a strong defense.
The Lady Jets have allowed an average of only 46.2 points during the winning streak.
Wallace was almost unstoppable inside going 12-of-16 from the field and three-of-five from the foul line. She dominated the offensive glass.
“Marisha makes it look a lot easier than it is,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris. “Since Christmas, we have concentrated more on her finishing around the basket. She is so strong and gets position well. She is learning some little things that have made a big difference. She’s learning how to develop her strength.’’
NOC Enid led 35-20 at halftime and continued to build its lead. Justice Payne was the only other Lady Jet in double figures with 11 points as Morris was able to substitute freely.
“In a game like this, we know if we play hard, we have a good chance to win,’’ Morris said.
The Lady Jets and Jets will travel to Connors on Thurs-day.
“We’re going to have our hands full,’’ Morris said.
NOC ENID 80, WESTERN 45
WESTERN 20 25 — 45
NOC ENID 35 45 — 80
Western — Brianna Pendleton 12, Jamiece Nelson 6, Amber Chaney 5, Brooke Horn 5, Cetoria Petties 5, Roshelle Carr 3, Amy Walker 3, Ryan Beatty 2, Lanora Reynolds 2, Ashley Rios 2.
NOC Enid — Marisha Walker 27, Justice Payne 11, Madison Johnson 9, Vanessa Bledsoe 8, Sherry Lang 8, Ashley Briegge 7, Chelsea Bates 6, Tiffany Bellamy 2, Krystal Fowler 2.
NOC ENID 75, WESTERN 54
WESTERN 27 27 — 54
NOC ENID 35 40 — 75
Western — Karim Rowson 12, Dytrel Bracey 10, Shakore Grant 9, Jedarian Jackson 8, Derrick Allen 4, DeWayne Gallimore 3, John Hargrove 3, Thomas Pierre-Louis 3, D’Audrio Patton 1, Jaleel Williams 1
NOC Enid — Xavier McClish 15, Travis Cabajal 12, Trey Cohee 10, Jeremy Espinoza 8, Brandon Burns 7, Conor Brooks 7, Dalen Qualls 7, Kyndall Dudley 7, Phillip Brown 2.