That dream of playing in the NBA? Well, it doesn’t seem as far out of reach for the Edmond Memorial boys basketball team as it once did.

The Bulldogs got a chance to play in an NBA arena, just hours before an NBA contest on Wednesday. They impressed a handful of their own home-town fans, outbattling Douglass in a scrimmage at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

In fact, they didn’t even have that much trouble with an extended three-point line, knocking down six shots from extra-long range.

“It was kind of far out there when we were shooting during warm-ups,” senior Justin Robinson said. “But it wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle.”

The contest preceded the New Orleans/Oklahoma City vs. Denver game.

Robinson scored 15 points and threw down a highlight-reel alley-oop slam for the Bulldogs, while Tony Triplett added 12 and Matt Guymon poured in a team-high 19.

“It had real-game feel to it,” guard Mitch Martin said. “We played okay. Hopefully, we’ll improve a lot as the season goes along.”

The Bulldogs played five eight-minute quarters against the Trojans, four of them with the varsity. The two varsity squads split the four periods they faced each other.

Memorial won the first, 23-19, before the Trojans rattled off wins of 17-13 and 25-23. The Bulldogs then took the fifth and final quarter, 19-11, giving them a 78-72 advantage for the game.

The contest was counted as a scrimmage only. Memorial will officially open the season Nov. 29 against in-town rival Edmond North.

Douglass is considered to be one of the better teams in Class 5A.

“It was really exciting at first, then everybody kind of got too excited about it,” Robinson said. “But it was fun.”


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