Special to The Sun
Oklahoma Christian School managed the offensive balance most basketball teams are after when they take the court.
The scoreboard, though, said more about the Saints’ balance on defense. And, with the postseason right around the corner, that might have been the most celebratory fact coming out of OCS’ 56-40 beating of Mount St. Mary on Friday night in Edmond.
Utilizing a strapping man-to-man — sprinkled in with a few surprise full-court traps at times — the Saints held the Rockets to just five points during a game-changing second period, and were more physical and tenacious than their opponents could handle all night.
“We’ve got really good athletes, and I credit our football coaches for working on agility and all that. We also have good length and we work hard on every possession,” OCS head coach Trent Toler said. “Other than the first quarter tonight, we clamped down on defense and made life difficult for them.”
That first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie. From there, the Saints completely took over, as Mount St. Mary didn’t score until more than half the second period had elapsed. By that point, it was 23-14, OCS. The Saints led, 30-19, at the break.
They continued to turn it on in the third quarter, upping the lead to 34-21 on a jumper. A 7-0 run put OCS ahead 46-29 at the end of the third.
Garrett Kilborn led the Saints with 14 points, although four different players scored at least 9.
With only three regular-season games remaining and a tough postseason area bracket awaiting, time is running out on fixing any problems the Saints have. Fortunately, those problems seem to be fewer and fewer all the time.
“I think we’re getting close to being a really good team,” said Toler, whose team is now 16-3 and on a six-game winning streak. “And what that is that we’re still missing, I really don’t know. But the guys are playing together and starting to trust each other.”
MSM 55, OCS 31 (girls)
Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Mount Saint Mary’s girls squad took control early and cruised past Oklahoma Christian School, 55-31, on Friday night.
The Lady Rockets opened up an 8-point lead in the first quarter and took a 27-14 lead to the break. They won all four quarters.
OCS was led by Madeline Bowen’s 9 points, while Leslie Shuck scored 8.