ENID, Okla. —
Defense overcame poor foul shooting for the Northern Oklahoma College Enid men as the Jets avenged an earlier loss to archrival NOC Tonkawa 71-65 at the Mabee Center Monday.
The win gave NOC Enid a sweep over the Mavericks. The Lady Jets, behind 24 points from Rylie Swanson and 20 from Breck Clark, won the women’s game 97-65.
The Jets (16-6, 7-5) were only 15 of 27 from the line in the second half, but never allowed the Mavericks (11-12, 3-8) any closer than four points.
A trey by Simeon Dennis cut the lead to 66-62 with 35.3 seconds left, but the Jets answered back with a free throw by Marquavius Williams with 27.1 seconds remaining, and a layup by Ben Berry with 9.4 seconds left to seal the deal.
“Hard fought, always tough, we’ve got to be able to make free throws down the stretch if we want to win big games,’’ said Jets assistant coach Zach Howe.
“We had some breakdowns offensively, but we finished the game off strong defensively, but we would have liked to have made more free throws to make it easier.’’
The Mavericks were only 12 of 33 from the field after intermission and committed 18 turnovers.
“A win is a win, we’ll take it,’’ Howe said.
Ja’Wan Smith led the Jets with 18 points, followed by Berry with 15 and Daryck Jones with 14. Jones made one of the game’s biggest plays when he scored on his second follow shot to give the Jets a 66-59 lead with 41 seconds left.
The Jets led by as many as 13 points (58-45 with 6:04), but couldn’t put away the Mavericks, partially because of poor free throw shooting.
Dennis led the Mavericks with 23 points.
The game didn’t start out well. NOC Tonkawa led 20-13 with 10:55 left in the first half.
The Jets, though, went on a 16-0 run to take the lead for good. Smith and Jones had three treys apiece in helping the Jets to a 39-29 halftime lead.
LADY JETS 97, NOC TONKAWA 65
NOC Enid (15-8, 7-5) put on an impressive free throw shooting demonstration (39 of 44) in recording its highest scoring game of the season.
Clark and Swanson were joined in double figures by Shelbie Kirby with 14, Kiara Moore with 11 and Kori Barrios with 10.
NOC Tonkawa was 17 of 20 from the foul line.
“They called the same type of game on both ends,’’ said Lady Jets head coach Scott Morris. “We were able to get a lead and spread it out, and they had to come after us.’’
The Lady Mavericks (8-15, 7-4) were able to stay close early. They led once (5-4) and were only down by four (16-12) after a three-pointer by Mikayla Wynn with 11:50 left in the half.
The Lady Jets used a 13-0 run to go up 27-12 after a Swanson basket with 8:32 remaining. They steadily built up the lead the rest of the night.
NOC Enid was 28 of 70 from the field for 40 percent, while Tonkawa was 21 of 70 for 30 percent. NOC Enid forced 19 turnovers.
The win avenged an earlier 80-74 loss to the Lady Mavs.
“We weren’t worried about revenge as much as we were getting back on track,’’ said Morris, whose team won its fourth straight.
“I was proud of our girls. We came out and executed our game plan hard and we played hard on both ends. We’re beginning to figure out things defensively. At times, the offense is going well, but we need to find consistency.’’
NOC Enid visits Eastern Oklahoma Thursday, weather permitting.
NOTES: The highlight of the evening was Jets baseball star Korbin Polston hitting a halfcourt shot to win a 50-inch flat screen television. It was the first time someone hit the shot in the two-year history of the contest.
“It felt pretty good,I got a good adrenalin rush,’’ Polston said. “I didn’t try to run and shoot it. I just stood there and took the shot.’’
Polston played basketball at Midwest City Carl Albert his freshman and sophomore seasons before deciding to concentrate on baseball.
“It’s still not as good as a home run,but you can’t go wrong with that,’’ he said.
NOC ENID 71, NOC TONKAWA 65
TONKAWA 29 36 _ 65
ENID 39 32 — 71
Tonkawa — Rodriguez 9, Colbert 16, Williams 7, Dennis 13, Goldsmith 3, Smith 1, Nganga 2
Enid — Crnic 5, Smith 18, Jones 14, Berry 15, Williams 9, Alpaugh 2, Palmer 8
NOC ENID 97, NOC TONKAWA 65
TONKAWA 29 36 — 65
ENID 44 53 — 97
Tonkawa — Flores 3, Carr 3, Wynn 14, McKnight 3, Gray 5, Moore 13, LaGasse 5, McBride 7, Reynolds 2, Garrett 6, Means 4
Enid — Moore 11,Clark 20, S. Kirby 14, Woods 5, Swanson 24, Fast 4, H.Kirby 1, Barrios 10, Collier 2, Coffey 6