Basketball: Sooners Hold The Pilots In Check

The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Portland Pilots in the consolation game of the PK80 tournament, by the score of 93-71. Oklahoma got a huge boost from Freshman Trae Young and Senior Khadeem Lattin. Young scored 33 points and added 8 assists, while Lattin had 19 points and 16 rebounds.

The Sooners played excellent defense and forced 16 turnovers. Oklahoma also won the rebound battle, 40-29. The Sooners dominated the points in the paint with 42-22. The Pilots outscored the Sooners, with points off the bench, 30-17.

First Half:

In the first half of this game, the Sooners shot 48%, led by Trae Young. Young had 18 first half points, and shot 5/8 from the floor. By the time the halfway buzzer had sounded, Lattin had already collected 9 rebounds and 11 points. The Portland Pilots shot just 38% during the first frame. The Pilots already had 12 turnovers, at the end of the half. The Sooners held Portland to just 31 points throughout the first period. In the first half, Oklahoma dominated the paint outscoring the Pilots, 20-10. The Sooners also had 8 fast break points, compared to the 2 pilots fast break points. The score at half was, Oklahoma 46 and Portland 31.

Second Half:

The Sooners opened the half, on a 14-3 run to make the score 60-37. During the second period, the Sooners shot 54%, and 33% from 3-point land. The leading scorer for Oklahoma, was Trae Young. Young had 15 points and 3 assists, during the second period. The Pilots shot 41%, and 44% from behind the line. The leading scorer for Portland, was Josh McSwiggan. He had 11 points and 3 assists. Oklahoma outscored Portland, 22-12 inside the paint, during the second half. Portland never led during the second half.

Final Thoughts:

Oklahoma controlled most of this game, while the Pilots played mostly from behind. The Sooners led for a total of 38 minutes and 12 second, while Portland led for just 19 seconds. Oklahoma’s largest lead was 23, during the second half. Portland’s largest lead was 3, and was during the first half.

Co-Players of the game:

Trae Young- He finished with 33 points and 8 huge assists. Young also shot 11/18 on the night.

“My teammates started knocking down shots. Whenever they’re knocking down shots it makes it a lot easier for me,” Young said.

Khadeem Lattin- He finished with 19 points and 16 big rebounds. Lattin shot 8/9 from the floor.

Other Quotes:

Oklahoma’s head coach Lon Kruger said “I thought we responded very well, especially at the defensive end. Defensively I thought we were pretty solid that first half, It’s good to see that. Anytime you have back-to-back games early in the year you’re never sure.”





Thanks to Sooner Sports for this photo.



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