Class 5A boys basketball: McGuinness defeats Tulsa East Central to win title

by Ryan Aber Modified: March 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm •  Published: March 10, 2012

TULSA -- Miles Newcomb spent Friday night and Saturday morning bleeding into a towel, hoping a badly cut lip wouldn't keep him from starting for McGuinness in Saturday afternoon's Class 5A championship game.

Newcomb fought through it and played, though, delivering what proved to be the knockout blow in the Irish's 54-41 win over Tulsa East Central.

The title is McGuinness' ninth and first since 2008. It is also the Irish's first in Class 5A.

“We didn't get complacent,” Irish center Matt Christiansen said. “We worked out hardest, and now we've got what we were working for.”

Newcomb's lower lip was cut when he collided with another player in Friday's semifinal win over Carl Albert.

McGuinness trailed for much of the game before taking their first lead early in the third quarter.

East Central briefly regained the lead before Newcomb, left alone in the corner after two defenders collapsed on Christiansen, drilled a 3-pointer late in the third quarter that put the Irish ahead for good.

“He's a warrior,” McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham said of Newcomb.

Newcomb, still nursing the busted lip, couldn't speak after the game.

“It made me feel like I was a big part of the team,” he wrote in response to a question. “It made me feel great.”

Newcomb also played a big part in McGuinness' defensive plan — slowing down East Central's Kaleb Porter.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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