High schools: Usual suspects should contend for Class 6A boys basketball title

Midwest City, Putnam City and Edmond Memorial are the teams to watch during the postseason.
by Scott Wright Published: February 17, 2013
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty,  Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty, Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Nine of the last 15 Class 6A boys basketball state championship trophies are sitting in trophy cases at Midwest City, Putnam City or Edmond Memorial.

And unless one of the other 29 teams in 6A can pull of something pretty special, it looks like that trio will make it 10-for-16.

The 6A postseason, which begins Friday night at eight regional host sites across the state, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Some real March Madness, with nearly half of the teams in the field appearing to have the capability of making a run to the state tournament.

But there also seems to be a fairly clear division between the top three teams and the rest of the field.

Ranked No. 1 in the current coaches' poll, Midwest City has a full body of work to be considered the favorite, despite a significant lack of height and a recent loss to Edmond Memorial — the Bombers' first of the season.

The Bombers have gained national attention, reaching No. 13 in the USA Today rankings last week, and they play a suffocating, physical style of defense that makes other coaches envious. The starting lineup generally includes one player taller than 6-foot-1, but they're athletic enough to negate any size disadvantage.

And they've done it all without a Division I player in the bunch, instead making it work with an intensely competitive group of players fully committed to winning — and a ton of depth.

Edmond Memorial, the preseason No. 1 and current No. 2, has the pedigree with two Division I signees — point guard Jordan Woodard (Oklahoma) and power forward Shaquille Morris (Wichita State) — balancing a strong inside-outside attack.


by Scott Wright
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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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