“Ryan’s one of those guys people don’t talk about much, but he does a lot of things that don’t show up in the stat sheet,” Thornton said. “He gets big rebounds for us, he makes things happen with his energy on defense, and he’s always in the right spot.”
Like NHS, North is looking for consistency when the T-Wolves tip off. In consecutive games against the top-ranked teams in the state in Edmond Memorial and Midwest City, the Timberwolves showed that they could play with the top of Class 6A. But what they couldn’t do was beat them, in large part to defensive lapses and questionable decisions.
It’s something coach Butch Roberts hopes will improve against the competitive field at McGuinness.
“There’s no one we can’t play with,” he said. “But we’ve got to fix some things first.”
Among those things are screens and rebounds. In last week’s losses, North was heavily outrebounded by its opponents, an issue that is Roberts’ top priority this weekend.
“If we want to get to the next level, we have to fix those things first,” he said.
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