TULSA — After the Carl Albert Tournament, it appeared the Midwest City boys basketball team was going to be an afterthought this season.
The Bombers placed fourth and looked like they were going to have to wait until next year.
Not so fast.
Eleven consecutive wins put the Bombers back on a familiar stage: the state championship game.
And despite the support of the girls squad, chanting "Now it's your turn," it ended up being another turn for Putnam City in a 68-59 win in the Class 6A championship on Saturday night at the Mabee Center.
Not loaded with size, the Bombers became known for their toughness.
"They play hard, real hard," Edmond Santa Fe coach Shawn Schenk said. "You hate to play against a team like that because they never stop coming.
"You can deal with a team that has great talent but takes plays off. That is not Midwest City."
It was on full display Saturday as Putnam City took an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Bombers worked it down to a seven-point game.
Dewayne Bradley's club seemed to be maybe one year away, but young kids matured and had visions of a fifth title in 12 years.
Midwest City loses two key players in Xavier McClish and Kendall Parks but returns a solid nucleus, including the Colbert brothers, Trez and Trael.
Trael Colbert led the way Saturday with 20 points while McClish added 13 points and nine rebounds.