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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Omaha’s Finest Game Preview (and Last Weekend Recap)

Your hometown Enid Outlaws had a productive weekend last weekend going 2-0 in away games against Omaha’s Finest and the Little Rock Lightning, the same two teams Enid will be playing at home this weekend. The Outlaws (14-2) are currently in second place in the Central Conference behind the 16-1 Houston Push. Houston’s only loss came to the Outlaws way back on April 16th.

Last Friday, Enid pulled out a close win against Omaha’s Finest, 129-121 behind a typically strong performance by Chance Comanche who had 31 points and 11 rebounds. Comanche’s strong effort was backed up by 5 other players scoring in double figures. Charlie Marquardt continued with his fantastic 3 point shooting, going 4 of 8 from deep. For Omaha, Devonte Patterson had a great game scoring 35 points.

On Sunday, the Outlaws dominated the Little Rock Lightning, 123-91. Wayne Runnels was the star of this game, scoring 24 points (on 10 for 12 shooting), 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Enid continued with the balanced scoring with 7 total players in double figures. As usual, Chance Comanche dominated on both ends of the floor with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.

Tonight (Saturday), Enid matches up again with Omaha’s Finest (9-7) at home. The Outlaws are 4-0 against Omaha this year, but all games have been close, especially for the typically dominating Outlaws. Omaha is led by their two headed monsters Devonte Patterson and Craig Sword, however Sword has not played since scoring 29 points against Enid on May 16. His availability for tonight’s game is unknown at this time. (#10) Patterson (not to be confused with Guard Devin Patterson), plays Forward, and has taken over scoring responsibilities the last few games, scoring 26 against Midtown Prestige and 35 against the Outlaws.

For the Outlaws, Chance Comanche continues to lead the league in points (28.1 per game) and is second in rebounds (12.8 per game). Charlie Marquardt leads the league in 3 pointers made with 71 (4.43 3’s per game) on 49.3% shooting from 3, an unreal statistic for a volume 3 point shooter. Enid is second in the entire league in points per game, which is not surprising with their excellent offensive players such as Wayne Runnels (20.9 PPG), Charlie Marquardt (19.8 PPG), and Tavares Sledge (15.1 PPG). New addition Devin Harris does not qualify, as he has only played 4 games for the Outlaws, but he has averaged 16.5 Points, 9.3 Assists and 4.8 Rebounds per game, making him an excellent midseason addition to the team. Lindy Waters III has missed the last few games, and is still out for this weekend’s games.

Tonight’s (Saturday) game starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Stride Bank Center and tickets start at $8 and can be purchased at www.stridebankcenter.com or at the box office. There is also a game Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Robert Faulkhttps://enidmonthly.com
Robert R. Faulk is the Publisher and Editor of the Enid Monthly. Robert graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.A. in Political Science and has his J.D. from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is originally from Oklahoma City, but is happy to have lived in Enid since 2004 and calls it "home."



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