Tommy Nolan called it a “big win” for his team, and he wasn’t exaggerating.
The Claremore boys dished out perhaps their best offensive performance of the season Saturday, earning them a 69-58 victory over Catoosa in the Port City Classic consolation championship at the Catoosa Activity Center.
Six players scored seven points or more in helping the Zebras reach their season-high in scoring, with three reaching double figures. Michael McHugh led the way with 15 points, making 9-of-12 free throws along the way — including seven in the fourth quarter.
Tanner Steidley paced Claremore from the perimeter with four of the team’s 10 3-pointers to finish with 13 points. He had at least one deep shot in every quarter except the fourth.
Parker Hardage had himself a game as well, scoring seven of his 12 points in the second period. That spurt helped the Zebras turn a two-point lead after the first quarter into a 35-27 advantage at halftime. He was one of four Claremore players to make at least two triples.
Elsewhere, Keith Watson and Teegan Mann notched eight points apiece while Kort Seidel added seven. Mann and Seidel both managed a pair of 3-balls.
All but two of the Zebras’ 3s came during the second and third quarters, hitting four in both.
Catoosa registered 10 3-pointers as well, but it couldn’t match Claremore’s three double-digit scorers.
Titus Miller led the Indians with 19 points — including four 3-balls — while Greyson Lewallen added 13 points behind three triples.
The win ended a six-game road trip for the Zebras, who returned to their home court Tuesday night against Glenpool.