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Tigers ride dominant defense, early lead to runaway win over T-Wolves

Jan. 19—Norman High's BJ Randle got a steal and raced to the other end of the court for a layup.

Less than 30 seconds into the game, Randle and the Tigers had set the tone for third edition of the Crosstown Clash. Norman High's offense was far from perfect, but its play on the defensive end meant that didn't matter.

Norman North didn't get its first shot attempt to fall until six minutes had passed in the game and the Tigers already held a 9-0 lead. The Timberwolves finished with just five points in the first quarter and was held to just two more makes from the field in the second.

The Tigers took a 22-9 lead into the break and didn't look back in a 50-21 thrashing on the Timberwolves' home floor.

Norman High extended its lead to 20 points midway through the third quarter and was able to sub in fresh players to hold on for the win. That might be key for the Tigers as they battle through a tough stretch of the season.

Road teams are now 3-0 in Crosstown Clash matches so far this season.

The Tigers took the first meeting at Norman North in the championship of the Joe Lawson Memorial Invitational, 49-44, in a thrilling, back-and-forth game. Less than a week later the two sides met again at Norman High and the Timberwolves pulled out a 10-point win.

With Friday's loss, the Timberwolves have lost four of their last five and are 7-8 overall.

Hezekiah Green led all Norman North scorers with nine points as the Timberwolves turned the ball over 15 times and hit just two 3-pointers.

The Timberwolves' 21 points are a season-low and the program's fewest in a single game in over five years.

Norman High's Trashaun Combs-Pierce led all scorers with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five steals. Randle and point guard Beau Billingsley finished with three apiece.

The Tigers have now won six straight and have only lost one true road game this season.

Norman High looks to make it seven straight on Tuesday when it faces district foe Westmoore at home at 7:30 p.m. The Timberwolves will be back in action on the same day on the road against Capitol Hill.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com