Special to The Sun
Carlbe Ervin may not have been crowned homecoming king Friday night, but he sure seemed to have dominion over the basketball court.
The Edmond North senior guard scored a game-high 29 points and powered his Huskies past Choctaw, 67-63, on homecoming night. When he wasn’t running the offense with his passing, he was driving to the bucket for layups or getting the crowd in a frenzy with his three first-half slams. He even knocked down a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to ice the victory, even though Choctaw had sent him specifically to the line.
“We’re pretty good offensively when we’re moving the ball, and we did that tonight,” Ervin said. “It wasn’t our offense I was worried about. I thought we needed to pick it up on defense.”
Tyler Sanders added 13 points for the Huskies, who were playing without center Austin Usery, who was nursing a foot injury. David Montgomery also chipped in 12 points.
Edmond North jumped ahead by 8 points at the end of the first period, before Choctaw rattled off a 12-2 run to seize its only lead of the game at 25-23. The Huskies were ahead, 35-29, at halftime and seemed to have the game under control with a 62-50 advantage in the fourth period.
Choctaw rallied with 11 unanswered points to get within 62-61 with 1:30 remaining. Ed Baker hit a free throw for Edmond North, Ervin hit his two and Cole Schwab added two more with only 19 ticks left and the Huskies held on.
Edmond North, which is 12-8, defeated Choctaw, 66-51, earlier in the season. The Huskies have only two regular-season games remaining — at Putnam City and at home against Edmond Santa Fe.
“We’re coming together as a team pretty well,” said Ervin, who transferred into Edmond from Carl Albert this year. “I’ve been to state every year of high school, so I know what it takes and our coach knows what it takes. We need to improve, but we can surprise some people.”
Choctaw 52, Edmond North 42 (girls)
A late rally wasn’t enough to overcome a sluggish third period for the Edmond North girls.
The Lady Huskies trailed Choctaw only 24-23 at halftime, but managed just 7 points in the third period in falling behind by 8. They trimmed the deficit to 6 three times in the fourth quarter, before finally getting it to 44-40 with 3:41 remaining on pair of free throws by Brittney Knight.
Choctaw responded with some free throws of its own, knocking down six straight in the final minutes to hang on for the win.
Kaitlyn Peterson led the Lady Huskies with 15 points, 9 of which came from the line.