In a fast-paced game with each team trading baskets Wednesday night, NOC-Tonkawa outlasted the Cowley College men’s basketball team 106-103 at W.S. Scott Auditorium.

The Mavericks (3-1) shot 54.4 percent from the floor and had six players score in double figures for head coach Donnie Jackson, a former Cowley assistant.

The Tigers (2-1) have eclipsed the 100-point plateau in all three games this season.

“We have got to be great at the things we do and we were not last night,” Cowley coach Tommy DeSalme said. 

“We have got to play with an increased effort and IQ on how to use angles in playing defensively. If we lose those angles you are creating easy stuff for the other team.”

The Tigers trailed 20-6 after the first seven minutes. However, freshman Cevin Clark scored 11 of Cowley’s first 20 points to pull to within 27-20.

Cowley continued to chip away before going into halftime down 51-46.

Trailing 58-50, the Tigers used a 16-3 run to lead 66-61 with just less than 15 minutes remaining. However, NOC responded with a 13-0 run of its own and led 74-66 following a 3-pointer by Demaree King with 11:55 left.

The Tigers tied the game at 100 on a 3-pointer by freshman Dalen Ridgnal with 1:25 remaining, but NOC rattled off five straight points. Another trey by Ridgnal cut the deficit to 105-103 with 3.5 seconds left.

Forced to foul, the Tigers sent Barron Tanner to the foul line with 1.9 seconds remaining. Tanner missed the first freebie, but hit the second to make it 106-103.

The Tigers got the ball inbounds to Shemarri Allen, whose half-court heave bounced off the side of the rim as time expired.

“It was a great atmosphere and we got the pace we wanted, but our technique defensively was really poor,” DeSalme said.

Clark finished 7 of 11 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 27 points. He has hit 16 treys in his first three games and leads the Tigers by averaging just less than 20 points per game.

“Cevin is only going to continue to get better,” DeSalme said.

Sophomores Isaac Nwosu and Deng Bol added 14 and 12 points, respectively, while freshmen Shemarri Allen and Dalen Ridgnal chipped in 13 points apiece.

Tyrel Morgan led NOC with 24 points, while Demaree King went 6 of 12 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.

The Tigers head out on a seven-game road trip beginning with a pair of games this weekend at the Community State Bank Classic in Coffeyville.

Cowley faces Minnesota Prep at 5 p.m. today and takes on No. 1-ranked and NJCAA Division II defending national champion Kirkwood at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“These games will help us find out who we are,” DeSalme said. “It’s time to grow up and get a little better.”

 

NOC-Tonkawa 106, Cowley 103

NOC-TONKAWA (3-1)

JD Ray 4-6 2-2 11, Tyrel Morgan 10-17 4-5 24, Deaveon Bankston 2-3 1-2 5, Demaree King 8-14 0-0 22, Avante Lederer 3-8 5-6 11, Syrus Grisby 2-2 2-2 6, Barron Tanner 4-10 1-2 12, Gianfranco Grandals 4-6 5-6 13, Avante Lederer 3-8 5-6 11. Totals 37-68 22-27 106.

COWLEY (2-1)

Mike’l Henderson 3-4 0-2 8, Deng Bol 5-7 1-1 12, Cevin Clark 8-15 4-4 27, Dalen Ridgnal 2-11 7-10 13, Isaac Nwosu 4-8 5-8 14, Martaveon Jones 2-13 0-1 4, Moses Nuangki 0-2 0-0 0, Shamarri Allen 4-9 3-5 13, Will Mangum 2-3 0-0 5, Malik Coats 0-1 0-0 0, Jacquez Yow 3-4 0-0 7, Biar Garang 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-77 20-31 103.

 

Halftime: NOC-Tonkawa 51-46. 3-Point goals: NOC 10-24 (King 6-12, Tanner 3-7, Ray 1-2, Lederer 0-3); Cowley 17-39 (Clark 7-11, Ridgnal 2-6, Allen 2-6, Henderson 2-3, Nwosu 1-2, Bol 1-2, Mangum 1-1, Yow 1-1, Jones 0-6, Nuangki 0-1). Rebounds: NOC 39 (Morgan 9); Cowley 47 (Bol, Ridgnal 7). Assists: NOC 14 (4 tied with 3); Cowley 22 (Henderson 6). Turnovers: NOC 23, Cowley 24. Fouled out: none. Total fouls: NOC 22, Cowley 24.

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