Thursday's All-State boys basketball games were an exercise in irony, with all of the tallest players playing in the small-school game, and both large-school teams working with shorter rosters.
But the Large West made it work, getting balanced scoring from its guard-heavy lineup. Norman point guard Rico Hogan and Lawton MacArthur wing Quinton Paras each had 15 points to lead the Large West to a 78-69 victory at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center.
Hogan heated up in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 15 to seal the win. Joe Summers of Putnam City North and Garrett Hermanski of Deer Creek had 10 points apiece, while Anadarko's Tyler Melton added nine.
Kaleb Porter of Tulsa East Central led the Large East with 25 points.
Bishop McGuinness' Joe Edmonds, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and the tallest player in the floor in the large-school game, had five of his seven points in the fourth quarter for the West. It was the highlight of a hectic week that isn't calming down anytime soon.
Edmonds has been on campus at the University of San Francisco since late May. He flew in early Tuesday morning for the game.
Afterward, he planned to drive back to Oklahoma City to spent a brief amount of time with family and catch a 6 a.m. flight back to California.
After his arrival, he'll have a weight room session, then attend class Friday morning.
“I had class on Monday, then left early Tuesday morning and got here about 4 a.m.,” he said. “It was good to get back and see my friends and family out here.”
The Dons begin practice on Sunday to prepare for a trip to Mexico for an international tour.
CLASS B PLAYERS SHINE FOR SMALL WEST
After posing for the victorious team photo, Small West coach Todd Kerr of Forgan walked over to Rhett and Ryan Radcliff, giving each of his former players a hug.
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