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Boys basketball roundup: Putnam City West fights off Millwood in overtime

Omega Harris' two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining seals the win for Patriots.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 24, 2013
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It took overtime and a couple late free throws, but Putnam City West was able to get past a feisty Millwood team, 55-51 in the first round of the Carl Albert Invitational Thursday night.

Junior guard Omega Harris hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal the win for the Patriots, who advance to Friday's semifinals against host Carl Albert at 7 p.m. Friday.

After a steal and slam dunk by PC West's Latron Jolly late in regulation, it appeared Millwood was in trouble, but Mike Mayes was able to get to the free throw line for two shots to force overtime.

The Patriots took control of the extra period with a big 3-pointer by Jolly, but Millwood rallied to within 52-51 before the Patriots closed it out at the free throw line.

Jolly had five of his team-high 16 points in overtime, and Harris finished with 12. Millwood was led by Cameron Batson with 13 points and Briontae Irving had 12.

CAPITOL HILL HOLDS ON

Late in the third quarter of Capitol Hill's opener of the John Nobles Invitational Tournament at Moore, the Redskins had a double-digit lead and looked as if they'd cruise to the win.

But the Redskins had to hang on late, hitting free throws down the stretch to beat Southmoore 49-43.

“It's high school basketball,” Capitol Hill coach Donnie Tuley said. “You never know what's going to happen. They changed the momentum on us. They're a good basketball team and are going to beat some teams.”

Capitol Hill will take on Bishop McGuinness at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

In the closing seconds of the third quarter, Capitol Hill led 31-19. But helped in part by junior Preston Smith's four 3-pointers in the fourth, Southmoore came back to cut the lead to one in the final minute.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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