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Class 6A boys basketball roundup

Mar 10, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A view of the official Big Ten Conference Tournament logo on the Spalding game ball during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports [Aaron Doster, Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports]
Mar 10, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; A view of the official Big Ten Conference Tournament logo on the Spalding game ball during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports [Aaron Doster, Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports]

SKIATOOK – Class 6A boys began state tournament action Thursday at Brooks Walton Activities Center. Here's what happened:

<@Bold>Edmond North 54, Norman North 43<@$p>

Dylan Warlick made a quick spin move to his right, tossing the defender to the side.

He rose and threw down a powerful two-handed slam before letting out a scream. It was one of his highlights during a series of strong plays from Edmond North's freshman star during a dominant fourth quarter.

Warlick played his best when it mattered most, leading the third-ranked Huskies to a 54-43 win against No. 4 Norman North on Thursday in the state quarterfinals at Skiatook High School. He scored 19 points to lead all scorers, including seven in the fourth quarter during a dominant stretch when Edmond North took control.

"Our guys have confidence in him," Edmond North coach Scott Norris said. "They're getting him the ball in positions where he can have success. Maybe being so young, he doesn't understand the moment. Hopefully he doesn't wake up from it."

Warlick was able to dominate in the latter half of the game, especially down low and on the glass, as Norman North got in foul trouble.

Kayden Carter and Aiden Walker, two of the Timberwolves' big presences inside, fouled out in the fourth quarter and picked up quick fouls in the second half. When they went to the bench, Edmond North (19-5 overall) relied on Warlick and senior Abraham Aghasedo, who scored 10 points, to dominate down low.

Caelin Hearne scored 16 points for Norman North (18-5) while Jaylon White added 14.

The Huskies will face the winner between Edmond Memorial and Broken Arrow at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Skiatook in the semifinals.

<@Bold>Putnam North 53, Owasso 51<@$p>

Caden Fry swiftly made his way through defenders and past the half-court line.

the clock continued to wind down, and Fry pulled up just before the 3-point line and hoisted a shot. The buzzer sounded, and the junior at Owasso's shot hit the rim but was too strong. It deflected off the back board and fell to the floor.

Putnam North erupted in celebration.

No. 6 Putnam North knocked off No. 5 Owasso 53-51 behind a huge effort from Josh Nwankwo and a strong defensive performance down the stretch. Nwankwo tallied 26 points, all in the first three quarters, and the Panthers continued their special run after a tumultuous regular season.

"It was just my day," Nwankwo said. "It's always nice when you can score like I was."

Owasso made eight of its nine first-quarter shots, but Nwankwo drilled a 3 to narrow the Rams' lead to 20-14 entering the second quarter. The Panthers (13-3) then dominated on the defensive end, holding Owasso to only three points in the second quarter to take a lead into halftime.

Putnam North will face the winner between Del City and Edmond Santa Fe at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Skiatook.

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