NORMAN — Norman North doesn’t seem to know there is a winter storm taking place. When it took the court Saturday against No. 17 Southmoore, the 10th ranked Timberwolves were on fire from the opening tip as they routed the SaberCats 86-61 at North Gym.
“They are a good team,” Southmoore coach Wes Brown said of North. “They shoot the ball extremely well. They shoot the ball as well as anybody in the state, I promise you. They are a real good team. They are one of the top teams in the state the way they shoot the ball.”
The game was originally scheduled to have been played Friday, but was postponed due to the weather. The extra day didn’t slow down North.
The T-Wolves sprinted out to a quick 15-6 lead before Southmoore went on an 8-0 run to close within a point.
But Malcolm Carter gave the Timberwolves a 20-16 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Defensively, in the first quarter, we really weren’t playing the way we normally do,” North coach Bryan Merritt said. “We are usually a pretty good defensive team. We gave them a lot of easy shots.”
Each time the SaberCats made a run or looked like they make take the lead, Garrett Pearson rained down a 3-pointer to settle the contest down.
The Timberwolves began to pull away and took a 45-32 lead into halftime.
Southmoore began settling for 3-pointers as North closed down the paint. With their shots not falling, North stretched its advantage to 20 points heading into the fourth.
Conversely, the Timberwolves’ ability to hit from behind the arc destroyed the SaberCats’ defensive scheme. Pearson, Lindey Waters, Trae Young and Marcus Dickinson can all knock down 3-pointers and drive to the rim, which put the ’Cats in a defensive quandary. As a team, North made 10-of-19 3-point range.