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January 15, 2014

’Cats lose battle with Bulldogs

MOORE — With No. 6 Edmond Memorial coming to its place, Southmoore was looking to pull off the upset. Even though it hadn’t been able to beat a top team this year, the SaberCats felt it was their time.

The SaberCats had their chances late, but weren’t able to make enough plays down the stretch as they fell 62-54 to the Bulldogs at Southmoore.

“Execution at times was good, but I really am proud of my kids for playing as hard as they played,” Southmoore coach Wes Brown said. “We were kind of short handed, in the second half especially as far as our experienced players. But I am real pleased with the effort of my kids.”

With 2:52 left in the game, Edmond led 51-42. The Bulldogs’ Jacob Essman gave his team an 11 point advantage with a tough layup in the paint.

Then, Justin Bean responded with a 3-pointer in which he was fouled at the top of the key. The ensuing free throw gave him a four-point play. After the ’Cats came up with a defensive stop, Chelvin Webb hit a jumper and the Dogs lead was down to five.

With 1:21 left on the clock, Essman knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead to 55-48. Southmoore’s Preston Smith then turned the ball over in the corner and the ’Cats had to start fouling.

But Edmond made its free throws down the stretch to put the contest away.

“I think they were trying real hard to get the ball to Preston and trying to get the ball to Justin Bean,” Brown said. “Spacing was bad. Just trying too hard. I probably should have ripped a timeout right there. But sometimes it’s good to let them solve the problem themselves.”

Taylor Hicks had a game-high 19 points for Edmond. Trey Sneed scored 14. Essman was held to eight points.

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