Douglass got a little bit of a scare Saturday night, narrowly surviving with a 74-70 win over Tulsa McLain to win its area championship, but the second-ranked Trojans are still fixed on winning their fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship.
Point guard Stephen Clark has been playing the last two months with an injured wrist, but continues to lead the way, with several other capable scorers around him, including DeAngelo Smith, Trevon Threatt and Deondre Clark.
“With Stephen playing hurt, that's a big piece,” first-year coach Anthony Andrews said. “One of the big things, we know how to win. That really helped us (Saturday). We still haven't played our best game yet. I don't think we've seen that yet.”
ROLAND READY TO CONTEND
Among fans, Douglass is viewed as the obvious favorite in 4A, but Roland has had the respect of the coaches, holding the top spot in the rankings for much of the season.
With senior guard Seth Youngblood averaging 25.5 points per game, the Rangers are 26-1 on the year, the only loss coming to an out-of-state opponent, St. Louis Christian.
Roland defeated Tulsa Edison and Tulsa Union, state qualifiers in Class 5A and 6A respectively, to win the Tournament of Champions in January.
Victory Christian easily has the best “How We Got to State” story for the week.
The Conquerors defeated Tulsa Central 72-71 Friday in the area championship. The winning bucket was scored on a play that began with six-tenths of a second left, and Victory under Central's basket.
Keats Calhoon, also the school's quarterback, threw a pass the length of the floor to Emmanuel Adesokan — a wide receiver in football, coincidentally — who caught the ball and quickly tossed up a one-handed shot that banked in for the win.
SHOTS STARTED FALLING FOR HARRAH
Harrah coach Bryan Jennings saw an obvious change in his team from the first two months of the season, when the Panthers were 11-6, to the final stretch, when the won 10 of 11 games.
“It really comes down to shooting the ball,” Jennings said. “In the last part of the season, we've shot the ball much better as a team, and that's been the biggest factor in what we've done down the stretch.
“You're getting 10-12 more points per game off the same amount of shot attempts. And when the ball goes in, everybody gains confidence.”
His son, Collin Jennings, leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game.