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February 13, 2013

Jaguars and Tigers trade blows as Westmoore defeats Norman High 69-66

MOORE — Norman High and Westmoore met for the third time this season on Tuesday night. And after an overtime classic won by NHS on a Jay Finley buzzer-beater in the first meeting and a narrow Westmoore victory in the second, the hundreds of fans who turned out for the rubber match expected something special.

They didn’t leave disappointed.

Westmoore defeated Norman High 69-66 in a back-and-forth game that played out more like a playoff game than a near-meaningless contest in the final week of the regular season.

Westmoore’s Tripp Fuller was Tuesday’s hero, despite Finley’s best attempts at rekindling the magic from the Tigers’ overtime win over Westmoore in the championship game of the Durant Classic. And, after Finley hit a deep three with 30 seconds left to tie at 66, it looked like he might well do that.

But Fuller, who finished with 26 points and seven rebounds, backed down two Tiger defenders and hit an off-balance layup while getting fouled to put Westmoore on top with 3 seconds remaining. After Fuller sank the free throw, Finley was left to try a halfcourt 3-pointer that hit the backboard and rolled out of the rim.

Fuller was unstoppable. His persistence in the lane, despite battling foul trouble of his own, kept the Tigers in foul trouble throughout. Tigers Ryan Cox and Sam Blodgett both fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“We tried to front him and not give up second chances, but they were still able to get second-chance opportunities,” NHS coach Matt

Thornton said. “There’s a couple of things we still need to work on.”

The Tigers also struggled at the free-throw line. While the Jaguars went 13 for 17, the Tigers struggled to hit 6 of 13. Along with occasional failure to block out, it was the most damaging mistake the Tigers made.

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