The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 2, 2013

Atmosphere adds to NOC Bedlam

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Northern Oklahoma Colleges will have their version of Bedlam tonight when the NOC Enid Jets visit the NOC Tonkawa Mavericks in a 6 p.m. women’s-men’s doubleheader.

The NOC vs. NOC contest makes up for a unique, rowdy atmosphere, quite different from most of the games the Jets and Lady Jets will play this season.

“I don’t think that will affect us at all,’’ said Jets coach Greg Shamburg, who has only three players who have played in the series before. “I think it will help. It builds up energy. It’s hard to go sometimes when there’s nobody there. That won’t be the case tomorrow.’’

NOC Lady Jets coach Scott Morris is both a NOC Tonkawa graduate and a former assistant to long-time Tonkawa women’s coach Greg Krause.

“We share a school name so it’s a unique situation,’’ Morris said. “It’s a typical rivalry environment .. it’s based on a lot of things. The good thing is it’s a short trip.’’

Both the Jets and Lady Jets are riding momentum.

NOC Enid’s men, 8-3 overall and 0-2 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference, broke a three-game losing streak by beating Tabor JV 135-67 and Nebraska Central 115-104 this past weekend at the Hesston Classic in Kansas.

The Jets have been ahead late in all three of their losses this season.

“I wouldn’t say it was a turnaround,’’ Shamburg said. “We are showing signs of improvement. You don’t worry about losing games early. You just have to get better every day. It’s only Thanksgiving. Right now, you want to get better to be ready in January and February.’’

Ben Berry (16.7), Daryck Jones (12.2) and Cornell Neal (11.1) are leading the Jets’ offense.

The Lady Jets (8-3, 2-0) have won four straight, including wins over Tabor JV 86-72 and Nebraska Central 81-75 last weekend.

“It’s good to win games, but we’re going through some growing pains,’’ Morris said. “We’re looking good at times and we’re struggling at times. It’s a matter of getting our heads right and doing the same things at the same time. When that gets clicking, you’ll see a surge in our performance.’’

 NOC Tonkawa’s men (6-5, 0-2) broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Southwestern Kansas JV Saturday. The Mavericks are led in scoring by guards C.J. Rodriguez (12.6) and Cortrael Colbert (14.9).

“They have played a difficult schedule,’’ Shamburg said. “They played a lot of zone which has slowed us down a little bit. They have a couple of guards who shoot the ball well and have  a couple of really big guys. It will be a challenge for us to go in there and win.’’

The Lady Mavericks (2-9, 1-1) are led by freshman Ashley LaGasse of Lomega, who is averaging 11.9 points per game. NOC Tonkawa is known for its three-point shooting.

“They are a dribble and drive team,’’ Morris said. “They shoot a lot of threes and it’s difficult to stop all of their shooters.’’

Breck Clark (18.9) and Rylie Swanson (14.8) lead the Lady Jets in scoring.