Oklahoma high school basketball: Roundup of Friday's tournament action
The second big high school basketball tournament weekend is well underway with numerous semifinal contests across the city Friday.
Here's a roundup of the action:
MIDWEST CITY 63, HERITAGE HALL 51
Israel Hart couldn't help but smile. The senior guard at Midwest City was in the middle of his free-throw routine when a fan yelled down at an official, which caused Hart to turn and chuckle. He proceeded to sink that free throw and the three after it, which came because of a shooting and technical foul against Heritage Hall. Hart sank all 10 of his free-throw attempts in the final quarter, helping Class 6A No. 11 Midwest City hold off Class 4A No. 2 Heritage Hall 63-51 on Friday in the Bruce Gray Invitational at Deer Creek. He led all scorers with 25 points. Fellow senior guard Makale Smith, an Oklahoma State football signee, scored nine points in the final quarter and hit all five of his free throws, too. Heritage Hall star Trey Alexander led the Chargers with 19 points.
MOORE 74, ENID 54
Dylan McDougal found a soft spot in the Enid defense and then fired a 3-pointer that fell through the cylinder. His 3-point basket was three of his 14 first-quarter points. His hot-start helped Moore jump ahead early as the lions combined for a 24-point first quarter. The Lions' dominant start led to a 74-54 win over Enid in the John Nobles Invitational on Friday. Marcus Dockins led all scorers with 25 points and McDougal followed him with 20 of his own. Moore advances to the championship game that is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
CARL ALBERT 83, GLENPOOL 38
The Carl Albert boys basketball team looks as if it could be the best team in the state, regardless of class. The Class 5A top-ranked Titans raced to a 30-8 lead after the first quarter en route to a blowout 83-28 triumph against No. 8 Glenpool. Carl Albert has won 12 straight games, seven of those coming against ranked opponents.
DEL CITY 62, EDMOND NORTH 40
Terry McMorris dove out of bounds to save the ball and threw it back in. It bounced twice before Keyondre Young picked it up while streaking down the floor. Then Young threw an outlet pass around a defender to Ladarious Crutchfield, who had an uncontested layup while his bench was cheering him on. The play exemplified how everything went right for Class 6A No. 7 Del City in its 62-40 win against top-ranked Edmond North on Friday in the semifinals of the Titan Classic at Carl Albert. Keyondre Young scored 21 points. The Eagles will face Carl Albert in the championship game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Last season, Del City's only loss came against Carl Albert in the championship game.
MILLWOOD 42, SOUTHMOORE 38
Rickey Hunt took a breath and then calmly knocked down the free-throw. A big smile grew on his face after he realized he had just put the game out of reach with one second remaining. Hunt’s free-throw capped Millwood’s hard-fought 42-38 comeback win over Southmoore in the semifinal game of the John Nobles Invitational. The Falcons’ withstood Southmoore’s Jamarion Butler’s 17 points and scrapped past the SaberCats by holding Southmoore to four points in the fourth quarter. Hunt finished with 14 points. Millwood will take on Moore in the championship game scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
CHOCTAW 46, MOORE 41
Trinity Gooden dribbled around the screen and scored the running-bank shot from about six-feet out. Gooden's layup gave Choctaw a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter which the YellowJackets carried the rest of the way. Gooden and her running mate Raven Jackson were vital to Choctaw's 46-41 win over Moore in the John Nobles Invitational semifinal game on Friday. The duo combined for 24 points and was the head of Choctaw's impressive defense. Class No. 4 Choctaw held No. 7 Moore to just six points in the opening quarter. Choctaw remains undefeated at 9-0 and advances to the championship game scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday.
CLASSEN SAS 45, MIDWEST CITY 39
Darianna Littlepage-Buggs met the Midwest City guard at the rim. The junior forward let out an excited yell after swatting the shot out of bounds. On the ensuing play, Beggs received the pass in the paint, gave a pump fake and then scored the layup to extend Classens SAS’ lead. Littlepgae-Buggs all-around performance lifted Classen SAS over Midwest City 45-39 on Friday night. Despite battling early foul trouble, Littlepage-Buggs finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks on a night with limited minutes. Class 4A No. 1 Classen SAS’ win over Class 6A No. 5 Midwest City puts them into the championship game of the John Nobles tournament on Saturday. They’ll take on Choctaw.
Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›
James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›