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Class 6A boys: Defending champ Putnam City advances with win over Jenks

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Modified: March 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm •  Published: March 11, 2010

Putnam City is doing just fine in the post-Xavier Henry era.

Class 6A’s defending champions advanced to the semifinals Thursday with a 59-41 win over Jenks at Skiatook’s Gary Johnson Activity Center.

Putnam City (23-4) will face Edmond Santa Fe at 9 a.m. Friday at the Mabee Center.

The teams have met twice this season, splitting with the home teams winning both games. Santa Fe won the first meeting 56-52 on Jan. 19 while the Pirates beat the Wolves 60-54 in the regular-season finale Feb. 19.

High school basketball tournament coverage sponsored by United Supermarkets. “We had a much better understanding of them the second time,” Putnam City’s Dominique Raney said. “I thought that first game was a bit of a fluke. We have our game plan already set for that one. As long as we play our game, we’ll be fine.”

A win Friday would send Putnam City to the championship game for the seventh time in its last eight appearances.

“Every year we come out, we’re playing for a state title,” Raney said. “We’re not playing for anything else.”

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