Few of my little cadre from back in the day were there — the Grubb brothers, Dan and Don, and Dan’s wife since 1966, Patti Nolan Grubb. There would have been more of the Lions Park All-Stars (our self-named ‘touch’ football team) ... but Jerry Cain, Dan Coughlin, Mike Stapp and Mike Taylor are no longer with us.)
Back in the day we went on road trips with our team. Our parents OK’d the nearby trips. They didn’t know about the distant games. They thought we just stayed in Norman and listened to Big Bob Barry the Original on KNOR.
In the finale shooting guard Steve Taylor did just that — shoot, for 21.
“I had a hot hand and they (baskets) just kept coming until we slowed it down in the fourth quarter,” Taylor said.
It was a different Duncan team than the one the Tigers had pounded twice during the season.
Entering the fourth quarter it was 41-40 Norman. Only four more points would be scored, two by each team for a 43-42 championship win for Norman. Terry Fischer and Les Fertig each hit a free throw for Norman and Duncan gunner Jim Johnson hit the last of his 27 points with 16 seconds left.
The sports guys of the day called in a stall in the fourth quarter. Others do not, just waiting until Duncan came out for the ball, according to Herron.
“Chet did not tell us to stall, just work the ball around, Steve and I, and wait for them to come out. Which they did not do until it was too late,” Herron said.
“Chet wanted Jack and I to just work the ball back and forth. They were collaped on Kersey and we were to pass the ball around until they came out,” Taylor said.
Taylor had a career in medical equipment sales, but now has retreated to a few hours managing a liquor store in Palestine, Texas.