Enid News and Eagle
ALTUS, Okla. —
Ja’wan Smith scored a season-high 21 points and Jovan Crnic added a season-high 16 points as the Northern Oklahoma College Enid Jets (14-5,5-4) scored a convincing 93-75 win over Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Western (14-4, 5-3) Wednesday.
Smith and Crinic were joined in double figures by Ben Berry and Daryck Jones, both of whom had 13 points. The Pioneers couldn’t get any closer than 10 points in the second half.
NOC Enid closed out the first half on a 13-3 run to lead 51-35 at halftime. Berry, the Jets’ leading scorer, sat out most of the half with foul problems and had not scored. Point guard Cornell Neal is out with a knee injury.
“That’s the thing about our team,’’ said Jets assistant Drew Bridges, “we have guys who aren’t afraid to step up. As a coach, you love that. We punished their pressure and we made them take outside shots. We haven’t had this much success with our zone this year.’’
The win puts the Jets back in contention for a high seed for the playoffs as the conference season enters the second half Monday.
“From start to finish, we might have played as well as we have all year,’’ Bridges said. “We’ll take all the confidence builders we can now. It’s time to start tallying things up. We’re playing for a seed. We have to put out and try to get better every night.’’
LADY JETS 80, WESTERN 60
Breck Clark (26) and Rylie Swanson (25) combined for 51 points as the Lady Jets (12-8, 4-5) dominated Western (3-10, 0-8) 80-60 in the women’s game.
Swanson (6) and Clark (4) set the tone as they combined to score the game’s first 10 points as the Lady Jets never were threatened. The 51 points were the highest combined total for NOC Enid’s leading scorers.
“We had a lot of energy out there today.’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris. “That makes your defense that much more effective. We hit our shots early, that keeps every girl focused and energized.’’
Kori Barrios was the third Lady Jet in double figures with 15 points, 11 of which came in the first half.
NOC Enid was 27 of 32 from the foul line with Swanson going 11 of 12 and Clark 10 of 11.
“Breck is really amazing,’’ Morris said. “She is the only player that I’ve coached that can struggle and still finish with 26 points. Rylie did a really good job defensively.’’
The Lady Jets led 41-30 at halftime. The closest the Lady Pioneers could get after that was 63-54 with approximately seven minutes to play. Western scored only six points the rest of the game.
“That’s a tribute to our defense,’’ Morris said. “We had a couple of droughts, but our defense got us through it.’’
NOC Enid’s women and men host Seminole at 6 p.m. Monday.