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The Douglass boys basketball team is used to seeing a lot of 1-3-1 zone defenses. The Ducks love to get out in transition and make three-point shots, and defenses try to use the zone to slow their attack.

"Every team that we play now is trying to run a 1-3-1 defensive zone, and now we're adjusting to it," senior point guard Omar Strong said. "We're getting better at it, and we're making shots on it now."

In last night's game, Northwestern tried the same tactic, but the Ducks' shooting was too much as Douglass rolled to a 73-49 victory.

"That's what we do," coach Rodney Coffield said of his team's three-point shooting. "We get up and down the floor, and we look for those easy opportunities because we can shoot the ball."

Douglass led No. 5 Northwestern (8-3) at halftime 31-23 before pulling away in the third quarter. Midway through the quarter, the Ducks (10-4) went on an 11-2 run, which included back-to-back three-pointers from Dwayne Brewer, a reserve freshman point guard.

Douglass went 4-for-8 from the three-point line in the quarter, and going into the fourth, had extended its lead to 51-34.

The Wildcats struggled to get consistent scoring. Their half-court offense was bogged down because most of their players tried to go one-on-one and no one managed to score in double figures.

Northwestern also was missing its go-to scorer, Warren Wright, who is still hampered with a sprained knee and isn't expected back for a few weeks.

"We never got into any rhythm," Wildcats coach Doug Robertson said. "It was too individual out there. We didn't play together as a team. You've got to give it to Douglass; this was a big division game and they came and played harder."

Brandon Simms had a game-high 17 points for Douglass.

Strong finished with 16 points and eight assists.

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Staff reports contributed to this article.

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