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December 4, 2013

Bombers blow out Lions 71-47

Moore plagued by fouls throughout season opener

MIDWEST CITY — It wasn't the start to the season coach Aaron Howell wanted to see. His No. 20 Moore boys basketball team traveled to Midwest City to take on the fifth-ranked Bombers and were throttled 71-47 in the season opener Tuesday.

"I think we played horrible," Howell said. "We hit two field goals in the entire first half. Everything else was free throws. And basically all my boys had two or three fouls in the second quarter."

Dealing with the officiating was a constant theme throughout the evening for the Lions. Howell had several sideline meetings with the three referees to try and determine why they were making  the foul calls that had plagued his team.

"We are teaching basketball how we're supposed to," Howell said. "Deny, help, slide over and take charges. What we are teaching didn't work for us tonight."

Yet, when the night started, both Moore and Midwest City had problems putting the ball through the net. Some of it had to do with the frenetic pace each played at.

The Bombers led 9-5 after the first period as neither team could buy a basket.

But as the fouls racked up on many of Moore's key players, Midwest City began to pull away.

Diontre Cutliff had a solid first quarter rebounding as he battled to keep the high flying Caleb Corprew off the backboards. But when Cutliff went to the bench in foul trouble, Corprew asserted himself even more blocking shots and throwing down dunks.

Moore trailed 32-17 at halftime.

"I think we came out with the mentality of not being intimidated," Howell said. "But I've got to go back to the two field goals. You are playing your heart and you only hit two field goals. It kind of worked on their confidence a little bit."

Moore guard Cole Oliver picked up his fourth foul 11 seconds into the third quarter. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game.

Even after the Lions' Jaylon Wilson scored five straight points to close gap to 40-26, the Bombers responded with a 13-0 to end the period and put the contest out of reach.

Wilson and Cutliff each had 9 points to pace Moore, who will not play again until Dec. 11.

"We need to put the ball in the hole," Howell said. "They did all they could tonight. Like I said, the defense we're trying to teach just wasn't working for us tonight. I'm doing my best to teach these guys the right way to play defense. We will have to adjust to way its being called. We tried to make three or four different adjustments and none of them seemed to work tonight."

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