Posted On: 12/6/17 9:21 AM
Douglass came into this crosstown rivalry playing their fist game in almost a month. The Trojans entered 1-0 and had no problem taking care of Oklahoma Centennial. The Bison entered this game 2-0 and had been playing solid basketball. This did not continue last night as the Trojans completely manhandled the the Bison defeating them 50-26.
1. Andre Williams is going to be a problem!
Andre Williams the 2018 guard was lights out Tuesday as he hit 4 3-pointers. Williams stands at 6’4 so he has the height to shoot over most high school defenders. He will need to continue working on his handle in order to score in more ways than just spot up shooting. For now tho, the 2018 guard will do just fine against 4A competition. Williams went on to finish the game with only 15 points as he left midway through the 3rd quarter with cramping issues. Despite this he still led all scorers in the game.
2. DayQuan Ervin is on of the toughest players in Oklahoma
DayQuan Ervin is going to be giving opponents nightmares as he will be one of the best lockdown defenders we will see in the state. He will hound ball handlers to the point of exhaustion. Ervin isn’t going to impress you with offensive output, but his defense will make you take notice. Ervin did knockdown 2 3’s in the victory, but don’t look for that to always be there. What will be there is his ability to finish at the rim. Being one of the toughest players, he has no problem finishing through defenders around the rim. Ervin finished with 11 points on the night.
3. Under the Radar
The Bison didn’t have their best game, but something they have to look forward to is the maturation of Nate Davis. Davis finished with only 11 points to lead Centennial, but the 2018 guard showed an adept ability to create his own shot. He was clearly the best scorer for the Bison and looking forward I would look for him to have some big games.
4. Douglass Defensive Pressure
Led in the backcourt by DayQuan Ervin and Ke’shan Syles the Trojans have some of the best defensive pressure you will see in Oklahoma. Douglass is known for being a scrappy team and this years squad is no different. The Trojans caused havoc as their guards hounded the ball handlers for Centennial full court. They caused turnovers every other play it seemed which led to easy transition layups. Whenever the Trojans get into trouble this season they will always have their press to lean back on.
5. Gold Ball Chasing
Douglass has won 7 state championships in 8 years after taking home the gold ball again last year. This year they are looking to add their 8th championship trophy in 9 years. The Trojans look like they have the talent again to compete for the championship, but they will need to grown up quick as they lost some key offensive players from last season. Conditioning will also be a question for them as they had multiple players go down with cramps Tuesday night.