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NOC Mavs split games at Jets Classic

ENID, Ok.- The Northern Oklahoma College basketball teams split a pair of games in the Jets Classic in Enid Thursday afternoon.

  The Mavs (7-0) outlasted National Park College 98-86 while the Lady Mavs (2-6) lost to National Park College 69-53.

Mavs 98, National Park 86

  Sophomore guard Demaree King put on a show for the Mavs with 33 points as the Mavs outlasted National Park 98-86.

  King also was joined in double figures by Deaveon Bankston with 15 points and Tyrel Morgan with 11.

  National Park led the Mavs 42-36 before the Mavs went on a 7-1 run to end the half at 43-43.

  NOC then slowly pulled away in the second half building the lead to 83-64 before National Park rallied but could never get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

  “I have been worried about this game for a while,” said Mavs coach Donnie Jackson.  “National Park just started a team two years ago and they aren’t someone you know about but they are good.  I tried to tell the guys they had a good team and good players but I don’t know that it sunk in until we started seeing how good they are.  Sometimes guys look ahead even when we tell them not to and I think that’s what happened.”

  “Hopefully, that is a lesson learned that all teams have good players,” Jackson added.  “No one can be overlooked and I knew they had enough talent to potentially beat us.”

  “Demaree (King) played one heckuva game, Jackson said.  “He single handedly kept us from getting blown out in the first half.  After the team settled down, we had more juice in the second half.  Deaveon (Bankston) played a lot better in the second half and Tyrel (Morgan) made some big buckets for us.”

  Rebounding is a concern for the Mavs, according to Jackson.

  “Defensive rebounding has to improve,” he said.  “It has been our Achilles heel all year long.  We have to learn to compete on the defensive glass.”

  The Mavs tangle with #18 New Mexico at 3 p.m. today.

  “We have a big time test today in New Mexico,” he said.  “They are good at what we aren’t right now, rebounding.  We will need to get better in a hurry of we want t a chance to be in the game.  They have three players that are the real deal and are capable of going for 20 points or more.  We will need to be locked in for 40 or more minutes, especially on the glass.”

National Park 69, Lady Mavs 53

  National Park blew open a close game after three quarters outscoring NOC 24-9 in the final period to win 69-53 in the Jets Classic.

  Carlee Murray and Hannah Maples led the Lady Mavs with 20 and 14 points respectively.  Murray also had four blocks.  Radina Zhivachka led the Lady Mavs with seven rebounds while Maples had six rebounds and two steals.

  NOC trailed National Park 57-53 midway in the final period but National Park went on a 12-0 run to end the game.

  NOC shot just 23 percent from the field and 15 percent from 3-point range.

  “Poor shooting was the main story,” said coach Greg Krause.  “We struggled the whole game, but the poor fourth quarter shooting did us in. At some point offensive struggles negatively affect your defense. We need to shake up the lineup and try to fire up some scoring.

Mavs 98, National Park 86

1            2—Total

National Park       43   43–  86

Mavs                      43   55–  98

Mavs—D. King 38, D. Bankston 13, T. Morgan 13, A. Boykin 11, P. Grafals 9, Avante Lederer 8, B. Tanner 2, M. Crawford 2, S. Grisby 2.

National Park 69, Lady Mavs 53

                           1     2     3     4—Total

National Park 13   14   18   24– 69

Lady Mavs       15  11   18    9 —  53

Lady Mavs—C. Murray 20, H. Maples 14, C. Manning 4, J. Severin 4, L. Coates 3, C. Sadler 2, K. Cline 2, R. Zhivachka 2, C. Moore 1, C. Bailey 1.

  Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

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