Special to The Sun
Shaquille Morris used two separate crowd-awakening dunks in the fourth quarter to ignite a run, leading the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs to a 60-46 victory over the Del City Eagles on Friday night.
“His second halves have been great,” Shane Cowherd said. The Memorial head coach mentioned that the Bulldogs’ big man is bound to take over. “He is everybody’s game plan.”
The Bulldogs and the Eagles went back and forth throughout the first quarter trading baskets. After five minutes Del City inched in front 8-6 following a basket from Ahnte Harkey. A Brett Cannon 3-pointer with just over a minute to play in the quarter from more than 20 feet away gave the Eagles the biggest lead of the early game 13-8. The score remained there after the first quarter.
Four different Bulldogs had two points and four different Eagles totaled the team’s 13.
Edmond Memorial made their first two baskets in the second to pull within a point. With 5:30 to play in the quarter, Sam Kreutzer nailed a 3-pointer to give Edmond Memorial their first lead in almost an entire period of play.
Four minutes into the quarter and Del City was still in search of their first field goal since Cannon’s 3-pointer in the first. Cannon would come through for the Eagles, hitting another long-range basket with three minutes left and a Deaunte Long layup gave the Bulldogs the lead. Harkey banked in a 3-pointer just a minute later to stretch the Eagles’ lead to four points.
Edmond fought back to tie the score at 23 apiece at halftime. Kreutzer led the Bulldogs with nine points and Morris added eight. Long led the Eagles with eight points and Cannon chipped in six with his two 3-pointers.
“Any negative adjective you can think of. You name it, our first half was that,” Cowherd said.
The two teams continued to trade buckets in the third quarter. Cannon scored nine of Del City’s 13 points in the quarter including his third 3-pointer of the game. Morris scored six to pace the Bulldogs and took the team lead with 14 points. Kreutzer scored three in the quarter to give him 12 on the night.
A 9-2 run to open the final quarter gave Edmond Memorial their biggest lead of the game at 10, just two minutes into the quarter. The run was sparked by a tougher defense. Four Bulldogs scored baskets to extend the lead.
“We challenged them, we challenged their effort,” Cowherd said.
Del City wasn’t able to recover from the Bulldog blow and Edmond Memorial went on to win the game 60-46. Morris led the Bulldogs with 21 points, Kreutzer had 14 and Terrel Bruner added eight. Cannon led the Eagles with 20 points and three different Del City players added eight points apiece.
No. 2 Memorial (16-2) will host Norman (8-10) on Tuesday.
1 2 3 4 Final
Del City — 13 10 13 10 46
Edmond — 8 15 6 21 60