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December 1, 2012

Espinoza sparks Jets to 98-68 win

LIBERAL, Kan. —  Jeremy Espinoza scored a career-high 22 points in leading the Northern Oklahoma College Enid Jets to a 98-68 win over Northwest Kansas Technical College at the Conestoga Classic Friday night.

It was the Jets’ highest offensive output of the season and the third time they exceeded 90 points.

Espinoza was joined in double figures by Dalen Qualls with 18, Kyndall Dudley with 14 and Connor Brooks with 11. The Jets hit on 12 3-point shots.

“I would say it was our best offensive performance of the season,’’ said NOC Enid assistant coach Ryan Mahoney. “We were patient. We moved the ball. We set screens and we had guys wide open.’’

Espinoza had seven rebounds to go with his 22 points.

“He’s a mismatch guy,’’ Mahoney said. “Against a bigger guys, he can go on the perimeter. Against a littler guy, he can post up. He rebounds well. He can knock down threes and hit free throws. He’s a mismatch guy.’’

Northwest Kansas Technical raced off to a 7-0 lead when NOC Enid coach Greg Shamburg called timeout.

Whatever he said worked. The Jets went on a 27-11 run and never looked back in raising their record to 9-2.

They led 48-35 at halftime and kept the lead in the second half.

“We got out of our fog and started to play harder,’’ Mahoney said. “We were just making shots. Everybody was contributing. They went to a zone with about 10 to 12 minutes left (in the half) and that left our shooters open to make shots.’’

The Jets will face Odessa, Texas, at 6 tonight in the final day of the Classic. The Wranglers came into the Classic with a 92.9-point average.

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