MOORE — When Moore has it going, it’s a hard team to stop. With its hyper-frenzied offense and constant pressure defense, it can easily overwhelm opposing teams.
That was the case Friday in the semifinals of the John Nobles Invitational Tournament. Facing Lawton High, the Lions came at them with wave after wave of body blows before knocking the Wolverines out 89-67 at Moore High.
“When we are playing like that, we are real tough,” senior Maurice Davenport said. “We can beat the No. 1 team in the state. We just have to play together as a team.”
The Lions will get that chance when it faces No. 1 Bishop McGuiness (Class 5A) at 8:30 p.m. today in the tournament championship. The Irish had to hold off Capital Hill in the first semifinal of the night. But the players know exactly what type of challenge they will be faced with.
“We just have to come out with the same intensity we had today,” Davenport said. “We can’t slack off because they are 5A. Act like it’s a 6A team and come in here with the same intensity.”
The Lions started the game raining down 3-pointers from all over the court. Derek Toles and Davenport were especially hot from the outside.
When the Wolverines raced to cover them on the 3-point line, that left wide open lanes for the Moore guards to drive for easy layups.
Dorian Gigger and Braydon Powell manned the defensive paint and tried to swat out every shot that came into their area. This led to easy fastbreak opportunities for the rest of the team.
“Me and Braydon just tried our best to rebound everything,” Gigger said. “We have been working hard, getting our chemistry together. Both of us can block shots and alter shots. Every time you come inside, you have to think twice about it.”