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Saturday morning cartoons? Nah, more like Saturday morning hoops. This week’s edition of the new Saturday morning series that watches back games from the night before looks at the standouts from a close contest in Edmond and an OT battle…
Saturday morning cartoons? Nah, more like Saturday morning hoops. This week’s edition of the new Saturday morning series that watches back games from the night before looks at the standouts from a close contest in Edmond and an OT battle in Ada.
Edmond Santa Fe 47
Ada 62 (OT)
The sophomore brought energy and a chance of pace off the bench for a balanced and deeper Wolves squad. Robinson is a good “drink stirrer” for Edmond Santa Fe, as he often drives with the purpose to create for others. He had a couple controlled, two foot stops on drives, followed by patient passing to open teammates. In general, “Money” keeps his eyes open to fire good passes to teammates. He did close out the first with a good, acrobatic finish at the rim in transition.
The sophomore has a strong motor that ran hot all game long as he crashed the glass on both ends of the court. In the first half, he had a couple promising face up moments. Antwi-Donkor continues to play with good control for a younger player, but the finishing wasn’t quite there in the first 16 minutes. He did close out the half with an impressive rejection, then gave the Westmoore comeback attempt a big boost in the second half with physical finishes at the rim. Based on the second half finishing and his overall battling, competitive nature, the athletic youngster should rack up the double-doubles this season.
Over the last year, Rhodes has expanded his overall game which allowed him to do more off the dribble in the first half. He look good draining an early pull up, then even got to the rim and had a nice scoop shot off the glass to avoid traffic. The start of his second half was a bit of a stepback, with some turnovers that he could’ve avoided off some wilder passes. But he bounced back in the final frame, draining a big, deep three. While also valuing the ball more and passing well to help Santa Fe close out their victory.
It wasn’t the best start for the Westmoore senior leader. While he had moments of good activity and production on the defensive end, he struggled to score in the halfcourt. Even though on one first half possession, he gained good separation on a behind the back pull up but couldn’t get the jumper to fall. When the Jaguars did make a late push, it was Loper at the forefront. He mixed some creation with a pair of tough three pointers in the final frame. For Westmoore to be competitive in a rugged district, complete games from the senior will be crucial.
MacCollister stared for the Cougars as a shifty and under control driver and Kingston couldn’t keep him out of the paint. He leaned on two foot stops on drives, where he was just as likely to drop his tear drop floater over outstretched arms or compile assists by firing good kick out passes to open shooters. Ada shot it very well as a team from beyond the arc, and it was often because of the looks created and passing from MacCollister. Along with his driving ability, he’s a well rounded guard who made heady plays on the defensive end. In overtime, he was clutch. In the final minute it was a tough finish by him at the rim to put Ada up for good. Then he buried a pair of free throws shortly after to help extend the lead.
The southern Oklahoma giant made a living on the rims in Ada. He consistently established himself in deep position to catch lobs, or passes deep in the post and quickly convert them into dunks. Or even soft finishes around the rim. Late in the second quarter, he picked up his third foul. After checking out to end the first half, he was able to play all of the second half and overtime without fouling out. That did impact some of his aggressiveness on rebounding and shot blocking, but was still a good testament to the awareness of Cason. Along with making his living at the rim, he can had a couple promising moments of pairing his great movement with putting the ball on the deck. He’s quite fluid for a player his size.
A target for high academic programs back east, Cason is likely the most undervalued long term 2024 prospect in Oklahoma. His combination of height and agility are excellent building blocks for a player who quietly has a chance to have one of the longer and productive college careers of any current senior in Oklahoma.
The senior opened the scoring for Ada with a triple, but then proceeded to do all the dirty work in his team’s hard earned win. He has good timing when contesting shots at the rim, and played much bigger than his size. Along with those blocks and shot contesting, he routinely produced second chance points and battled in the paint. He’s the type of scrappy, small town player who’s impact goes beyond the box score.