The Norman Transcript


February 19, 2014

Norman North boys learn tough lesson in loss to Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY — After his team scored a grand total of 10 points in the second half and a grand total of 37 over the entire game, Norman North boys coach Bryan Merritt was alarmingly peaceful over his ninth-ranked Timberwolves’ 54-37 loss at No. 2 Midwest City.

“Marcus, he sprained his ankle really, really bad and we kind of looked at him and asked, ‘Can you go?’” Merrit said. “I said, ‘One to 10, what is it?’ in terms of pain, and he said nine. At that point, with the playoffs coming up, I wasn’t going to risk it.”

So that’s how Marcus Dickinson, maybe the fastest kid on the court, had to come off the court with 10 points to his name and about 5 minutes

remaining in the third quarter. That’s also how, for the last 13 minutes of the game, the first, second, third, fourth and fifth fastest and quickest players on the court were all Bombers.

With Quan Hogan unavailable, the T-Wolves had no chance to even put a dent in Midwest City’s athleticism. When Lindy Waters picked up his fourth foul with more than a quarter to play, pulling him off the court, things really cratered for the T-Wolves (16-6).

Nonetheless, Merritt wasn’t going in for the bad stuff, at least as long as his words were being recorded.

“It was a barometer for us in the first half,” he said. “We came into their gym and we were down one point (at the half). They’ve lost one game all year and it was an even game.”

That was it.

Merritt left Sutton Fieldhouse almost pleased. His team had visited the west’s best and played the Bombers within a point at the half, what’s to be upset about?

Uh, if I might …

North led by five after a quarter, 17-12, and turned it over four times in the second quarter before putting up a shot, and five times before netting a point. By that time, they’d allowed a 10-0 Midwest City run. How exactly North only trailed by a point at the half — despite three more turnovers — remains a bit of a mystery.

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