The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Fighting Cardinal basketball team welcomed the Grayville Bison to HJ Phelps Gymnasium Saturday evening for a non conference match up.
NCOE wasted little time in taking control of this contest when they jumped out to the early 16-5 lead following one quarter of play. The Fighting Cardinals stepped their defense up to another level in the second quarter and allowed the Bison nary a point while they erupted for 20 points of their own to take a commanding 36-5 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Following intermission, the Bison made some adjustments and hit the floor with a new found energy. This allowed Grayville to gain some momentum and outscore the Fighting Cardinals 16-12 to shrink the NCOE lead to 27 points. The final stanza was very balanced on both ends of the court for both teams but the Fighting Cardinals would once again top their opponent 14-12 to walk away with the dominating 62-33 victory.
Trey Simmons and Joe Melton each scored 12 points to top the Fighting Cardinals (5-9) while Ty Money added 10 points followed by Colton O’Neal with seven points, Jack Riggs six points, Brandon Skaggs six points, Jaden Barton six points, and CJ Richardson three points.
Coach Jordan Johnson and his junior varsity team was anxious to get back into the win column, and they wasted little time in proving this as they held the Bison to just two first quarter points while recording 21 points of their own to secure the early 19 point advantage. Another solid quarter by the Fighting Cardinals allowed them to extend their lead to 24 points at halftime following a 13-8 run.
Second half action took on another look for both team when the Bison managed to play the Fighting Cardinals even as each added 25 more points to their total, however, the early dominance was all NCOE needed to pull off the 59-35 victory.
Behind five successful three pointers, Nathaniel Wilson led the scoring for the Jayvee squad (6-3) with 17 points. Ty Lane followed closely with 13 points while Brendan Frost and Bryce Jolley added seven points a piece, Eli Brown six points, Jace Johnson four points, and two points each from Jacob Richerson and Jake Rush.
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