The Norman Transcript

Sports

December 22, 2012

One Clash down, most of the hoops season remains to be played; who knows what might happen?

NORMAN — One of the major themes heading into Thursday night’s Crosstown Clash was the number of unanswered questions surrounding each of the four teams involved.

Two hard-fought games and a couple hundred hoarse voices later, we don’t have definitive answers to those questions. But we do have some hints.

For starters, the young guns from Norman North are going to be great. The freshmen trio of Marcus Dickinson, Quan Hogan and Lindy Waters didn’t have much of a shooting night, but as coach Butch Roberts predicted, they didn’t shy away from the spotlight. The trio combined to score 33 points, grab 19 rebounds and dish out three assists.

It may have come in a losing effort, but it was still an impressive Clash debut for three young athletes playing in just the third varsity game of their young careers. And with a solid group of upperclassmen, led by junior Payton Prince, the ceiling for these T-Wolves is high.

When North’s coaches talk about the potential of this group, they aren’t looking years ahead, when the wily freshmen become seasoned veterans. They’re talking about this season. About the fact that after a few more months this group will have a dozen games under its belt and will learn to bring the “edge” Roberts saw in last week’s season-opening upset of Moore.

On the other side of the court were the Norman high boys, who for the first time this season were able “to put it all together,” in the words of senior guard Jay Finley. In front of a packed house, the Tigers put together their most complete game of the young season, epitomized by a 15-0 run to take control of the game after North had taken the lead.

But while things may have coalesced best two nights ago, it’s a point that has been in the works for a while. Every since coach Matt Thornton arrived late in the summer to take over the program, the Tigers have been steadily improving. With the holiday break allowing them a chance to get in the gym and implement more of Thornton’s system before a pair of tournaments that will test just how far along NHS has come.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Luke Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

    HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Luke Donald believes he’s got the right game on the right course — and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. Donald had an eagle and six birdies to shoot 66 on Saturday and take a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Nets’ experience trumps Raptors in Game 1

    TORONTO — The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors....

    April 20, 2014

  • Heat open quest for another title

    MIAMI — If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry....

    April 20, 2014

  • Warriors beat Clippers, 109-105, in playoff opener

    LOS ANGELES — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener....

    April 20, 2014

  • Cardinals edge Nationals, 4-3

    WASHINGTON — Lance Lynn was sharper than he had had been all season, which made it all the more frustrating for him when he failed to make it out of the sixth inning....

    April 20, 2014

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • Teague leads Hawks past top-seeded Pacers in Game 1

    INDIANAPOLIS — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers’ grand playoff plan. As his teammates set up around the 3-point line, Teague simply blew through open lanes to the basket repeatedly. The Pacers didn’t have an answer....

    April 20, 2014

Facebook