Oklahoma high school boys basketball: Roundup of Saturday's championship games
The second big weekend of basketball tournaments across the state wrapped up Saturday.
Here's a roundup of boys games across the city.
DEL CITY 55, CARL ALBERT 47, OT
Shortly after crossing over, Keyondre Young took a hard step toward his basket.
The senior guard at Del City makes scoring seem easy. His 6-foot-8 frame and smooth shooting touch gives him a skillset hardly seen in high school basketball. Yet when the Eagles needed him to step up Saturday, he did.
Young was hammered as he tossed up a layup, somehow getting it to fall and earning a foul call. He proceeded to sink the free throw, giving Del City the first points in overtime and a lead it wouldn’t give up.
The Class 6A No. 7 Eagles topped district rival and Class 5A top-ranked Carl Albert 55-47 in overtime to win the Titan Classic at Carl Albert. Young scored 21 points, including four in overtime, to help Del City avenge a loss to the Titans in this same tournament last year.
Young also earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
“Our young guys have really been buying in and getting some valuable experience,” Del City coach Lenny Hatchett said. “It takes some time when you’ve got to get some new guys in the lineup, but we’re going in the right direction. We played three tough games in this tournament.”
The Eagles also ended Carl Albert’s 12-game win streak.
Del City (12-4 overall) held a three-point lead after the third quarter, but Carl Albert battled back and led 43-41 with 30 seconds left.
Antonio Watson and Maurice Cudjo were strong for Carl Albert (13-2) in the fourth quarter. Watson hit four free throws and Curjo scored seven points.
Eagle sophomore guard Terry McMorris, who finished with 12 points, had four baskets that came off offensive rebounds, including one with 7 seconds left that tied the game and sent it into overtime.
He also had back-to-back possessions with offensive rebounds and baskets to end the third quarter, giving Del City the lead.
“We don’t win the game if he doesn’t make those offensive rebounds down there,” Hatchett said. “He’s just a hard guy to block out. When he puts his mind to it that he can dominate on those boards, he’s going to be one special player.”
LAWTON MACARTHUR 81, CLASSEN SAS 70
Lawton MacArthur seemingly always had an answer against Classen SAS during the Otho “Sweet Pea” Curtis Invitational title game on Saturday.
After Lawton MacArthur took a commanding lead early, Classen SAS repeatedly put pressure on the Highlanders and even made it a 5-point game at one point in the fourth quarter.
But Lawton MacArthur continued to find a way to stay in the driver’s seat as it earned an 81-70 win in Newcastle High School’s gymnasium.
“I thought we battled through some adversity right there,” Lawton MacArthur coach Marco Gagliardi said. “We made plays at the end of the game when we needed to. It’s good for us to get tested as many times as possible before the playoffs.”
Danquez Dawsey finished with 29 points for Lawton MacArthur. The Highlanders also had three other players score in double figures — Arzhonte Dallas (15), Jay Marrow (14) and Marty Perry (10).
Ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, Lawton MacArthur is now 14-2 and one of the top contenders for a state title.
The Highlanders had double-digit wins in all three of their games at the tournament.
Class 4A No. 9 Class SAS is now 8-2. Anthony Turner had a big game Saturday for the Comets, finishing with 35 points.
MILLWOOD 53, MOORE 48
Chance Crosby rose and blocked the Moore Lions’ shot against the backboard which led to Millwood taking control of the ball. The shot block was the exclamation point of a hard-fought win for Millwood on Saturday night.
Millwood topped Moore 53-48 in double overtime to win the John Nobles Invitational at the Douglas H. Frederick Sports Complex. Millwood scored eight points in double overtime, all of them coming from the free-throw line. The Falcons had five different players put in scores from the stripe in the final minutes.
“We’ve been working on free throws,” Millwood coach Michael Jeffries said with a chuckle. “We’ve been kind of having trouble with it, so down the stretch here lately it’s been big for us. But we just slowed [Moore] down, caused a little bit of problems."
The two teams were pretty even throughout the night and it became even more glaring as the game went into its first overtime with the two teams trading inbound turnovers.
Millwood committing two and Moore committing one with just four seconds to play. Moore was finally able to get a shot off but just missed outside.
The game went to its second overtime again with the team swapping turnovers. Millwood’s William Mays nabbed a steal and then Moore’s Rejond Hayes took one of his own. Millwood finally took the game over with late free throws.
It was an all-around team effort for Millwood but Kobe Law led the Falcons with 11 points on the night. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“He’s been a consistent player for me throughout this season so far,” Jeffries said. “So I knew in this tournament he’d be consistent and he did his thing. I’ve had him for a couple of years and he’s grown a lot.”
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 ›
Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. 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 ›