For the Golden Eagles it was a tale of two halves as they put away Rogers State 73-60 Saturday night at the Mabee Center.
The Golden Eagles went into halftime down by four, but used a 20-4 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to take care of the team’s final tune up before next Saturday’s regular season opener.
Korey Billbury led all scorers with 18 points and tied Denell Henderson for a game-high seven rebounds.
Obi Emegano scored 13 points in the second half, including a run of seven straight points to aid the Golden Eagles 20-4 run, finishing the game with 16 points.
Emegano is coming back from missing all of last year with a torn ACL. Getting back to 100 percent is going to take time, but Emegano said he feels close to being completely back.
“Anybody that knows about ACL surgery knows that it takes a lot to be 100 percent, but I feel better now than I have in the past 10 months,” he said. “My wind is pretty good. My legs aren’t quite there yet, but that’s going to come in time after an ACL injury.”
“I just keep working at it every day and I know it’s going to come back slowly but surely,” Emegano said.
Coach Sutton also talked about Emegano’s recovery process and what he’s seen from his standout guard.
“We’ve had a lot of serious injuries over the years and I thought he [Emegano] got back quicker than any guy we’ve ever had. He was playing pick-up, he was doing workouts, and in practice he’s been aggressive,” Sutton said.
Next up for the Golden Eagles is the PSO Mayor’s Cup against cross-town rival, The University of Tulsa, at the Mabee Center. Tip off is at 7 p.m.
The team as a whole had a singular goal for the preseason and Emegano said they’ve accomplished it.
“The only goal of the preseason was to get better every day,” Emegano said. “I think we did that and we will continue to get better going into the game against Tulsa.”