ENID, Okla. —
The scene around 9:40 p.m. told the story of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader between Northern Oklahoma College Enid and Redlands Community College at the Mabee Center Monday.
The scoreboard showed an impressive 91-64 win for the NOC Enid men, who had five players in double figures — Ben Berry with 18, Cornell Neal with 12 and Jovan Crnic, Ja’wan Smith and Roy Owens with 11.The Jets raised their record to 3-3 in league and 12-4 overall.
The Lady Jets were returning to the practice court after being embarrassed by a six-member Redlands women’s team 84-74 to drop their record to 10-7 overall and 2-4 in conference.
Defense was the key for the Jets in their win. They have held their opponents to an average of 55.7 points in their three conference wins.
“We score when we play defense,’’ said Jets coach Greg Shamburg. “That’s the key to our group. We’ve got to consistently guard people. When we do, we’re pretty good.’’
The Jets outscored the Cougars 28-12 over the last nine minutes of the first half to go up 49-30 at halftime and weren’t threatened in the second half.
Berry had four three-pointers in the first half and went to the hole in the second with three layups. Eleven of the 13 Jets who played scored as Shamburg was able to give significant playing time to his bench.
“I thought we played well in spurts,’’ he said. “In spurts, we played too fast ... but you can’t complain about a 27-point win in a conference game. We came out and did our job. We did what, we wanted to do.’’
Redlands, like the women, were missing some players because of eligibility issues.
The Jets will take some momentum into Thursday’s conference game at Carl Albert with four straight wins, including three in the league after starting OCAC play 0-3.
“It’s time for us to make a run,’’ Shamburg said.
However, the Lady Jets will be looking at a different type of run, mostly in practice.
NOC Enid coach Scott Morris vowed to have an early morning practice added to Tuesday’s regular afternoon practice following their 74-64 loss to the Lady Cougars.
“We’ve got a lot to learn as a team and as individuals,’’ Morris said. “We have a lot of growing up to do. Hopefully, we will learn and develop from this.’’
The Cougar women were able to outhustle the Lady Jets, who were only 25 of 84 from the field for 29.8 percent and committed 17 turnovers.
Dioanna Collins had 37 for Redlands, while Bailey Mack had 18 on a night in which she hit five-of-five three-point attempts in the first half.
“I have too much diginity to lay down and take this,’’ Morris said. “We have to learn and understand how to compete and how to play hard.
“When you give up a run and you feel like you have been punched in the mouth, a competitor knows how to fight back and dig in — these girls, a lot of them are really trying to do that ...but honestly they don’t know how. That comes from leadership, starting at the top with me and the team captains on down. It’s a combination of all of that.’’
The inspired Lady Cougars used a 21-4 run to take a 40-25 lead after two Collins free throws with 2:51 left in the half and didn’t look back.
With Redlands tiring, the Lady Jets cut the lead to five, 73-68 after two Rylie Swanson free throws with 3:27 remaining.
However, Redlands answered back with an 8-0 run — all coming from Collins.
“You have to give them a lot of credit,’’ Morris said. “They showed a lot of heart and battle ... again it comes down to competing. We have a lot of weaknesses — a lot of it mental, like missing open layups and settling for the first jump shot that’s open when it’s not the right person in the right spot. That makes a difference over a 40-minute game.’’
Shelbie Kirby led NOC Enid with 15 points, followed by Breck Clark and Swanson with 14 and Kanesha Woods with 10.
“We’re going to practice hard tonight and tomorrow morning and afternoon to see who’s tough enough to battle,’’ Morris said.
NOC ENID 91, REDLANDS 64
REDLANDS 30 34 — 64
NOC ENID 49 42 — 91
Redlands — Green 18, Griffin 14, Hinds 9, Basil 8, Brown 7, Porter 6, Williams 2
NOC Enid — Berry 18, Neal 12, Crnic 11, Smith 11, Owens 11, Jones 7, Evans 7, Williams 5, Morales 4, Lazenby 3, Palmer 2
REDLANDS 84, NOC ENID 74
REDLANDS `40 44 — 84
NOC ENID 29 45 — 74
Redlands — Collins 37, Mack 18, Enabuele 15, Falvo 8, King 5, Richardson 3
NOC Enid — S. Kirby 15, Clark 14, Swanson 14, Woods 10, Moore 9, Coffey 8, Holasek 2, Fast 2