The Enid Outlaws (11-2) scored a major victory last night over the Shreveport Mavericks (10-3) to take sole possession of 2nd place in the Central Conference. It was a close affair all game long, with the Outlaws pulling away at the end 117-112. Team leader Chance Comanche scored 32 points and had 16 rebounds, followed by five other Outlaws in double figures including Charlie Marquardt with 20. Of great concern to the Outlaws and their fans was an injury to Lindy Waters III in the 2nd quarter where he fell to the ground after a hard foul clutching his ankle. There has been no report on his availability for Sunday, but it would be surprising if he makes it back so soon and might need some time to rest.
Big fans of the Outlaws may have noticed a new face, Devin Harris, playing Saturday. Harris had 16 points and looked solid as a mid season signee, and was instrumental in taking some of the minutes needed after Waters’ injury.
The Outlaws have have a quick turn around and play at home again this afternoon against the Little Rock Lightning. The Lightning is 4-9 on the year, however one of their wins has come against the good Shreveport team the Outlaws faced last night, so the Outlaws cannot take the night off. The Outlaws have won both games they have played against Little Rock this year, 97-71 and 100-80.
The Lighting is led by big man Percell Washington (#22) who is averaging a stout 23.6 points and 11 rebounds per game. At 6 foot 11, this will be a good matchup with Chance Comanche. Deonta Terrell (#3) is their second leading scorer at 23.5 points per game and shoots 38.8% from 3.
As always, tickets start at $8 and are available at the Stride Bank Center Box Office or at www.stridebankcenter.com. Tipoff is at 4:00 p.m.