The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 26, 2011

NOC Enid falls on the road at Barton

Enid News & Eagle

— BARTON, Kan.— The road wasn’t kind to Northern Oklahoma College Enid Jets (6-3) Saturday afternoon as Barton (Kan.) utilized a 53-point first half to run away with a 92-72 win.

The Jets trailed 53-36 at halftime and a 36-point second half wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.

Sophomore Xavier McClish led NOC with 16 points and freshmen Connor Brooks and Dalen Qualls both had 11 points in the lopsided loss.

Jets’ assistant coach Ryan Mahoney said nothing positive came out of the game that has the Jets back on their heels and looking for answers.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Mahoney said. “We missed lay-ups and threw the ball all over the place.

“We didn’t compete, we’re not tough and for some reason, we don’t play hard. It was a tough day. Hopefully, we can learn from this and improve.”

The Jets will be back on the road Tuesday, when they travel to Miami to take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference game. The Jets are 0-1 in early conference play.

“If we play hard and compete, we’ll be fine,” Mahoney said. “NEO will play zone defense for 40 minutes so we should be able to score from the outside.”

The Jets return to the Mabee Center Saturday, when they host the Southwest Oklahoma Christian JV at 1 p.m.