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January 19, 2013

Timberwolves top Eagles

NORMAN — The Norman North boys beat Del City handily Friday night posting an unexpected win over the Eagles in John Smith Field house in Del City.

After trailing 13-21 to start the second quarter the Timberwolves held the Eagles of Del City to only four points from the field in the second quarter while scoring 17 points of their own and never looked back.

Solid rebounding and slowing the attack of Del City delivered a comfortable 68-60 win in a game in which the outcome appeared decided well before the final buzzer.

Norman High 84, Moore 57: Behind a barrage of threes, including eight from John Michael Benardello, NHS cruised to an 84-57 win over Moore.

Avenging a narrow loss from a month ago, the Tigers hit the floor a completely different team on Friday. They shot to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, finding easy baskets at the rim and using penetration to find open shots on the outside.

“My teammates were finding me for open shots, and I was just doing my best to knock them down,” Benardello said after the game. “After I hit the first couple, I didn’t think there was any way it would turn out like it did, but I trusted my teammates and they made plays.”

And they made the most of those shots. NHS hit 12 threes in the game, with four different players connecting from beyond the arc and eight getting on the board. Benardello led the Tigers with a career-high 30 points, while Cooper Clark chipped in with 15. Dorion Gigger led Moore with 18 points.

Girls, Del City 50, Norman North 36: The Norman North girls basketball team fell to the Del City Eagles 50-47 in the final seconds Friday night in Del City after leading 42-36 to start the fourth quarter.

“This was a hard loss,” Timberwolves head coach Jeff Blough said after the game. “When you lead like that you’re supposed to have them chase you around the court. We didn’t do that. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”

The Timberwolves led most of the game, with solid shooting and spreading the scoring around, but the well went dry in the fourth quarter when Alexa Scott scored the team’s only five points. Meanwhile, the Eagles scored 16 points to close the gap and finish with a three-point win.

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