Class 6A boys basketball: Aaron Young's 3-pointer gives Edmond Memorial the win

Aaron Young delivered the dagger in double overtime, hitting a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of double overtime to give Memorial a 53-50 win over Owasso.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 8, 2013
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photo - Edmond Memorial's Aaron Young (20) celebrates with teammates, including Terrel Bruner (2) and Shaquille Morris (23) after hitting the game-winning shot in a Class 6A boys high school basketball game in the semifinals of the state tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 8, 2013. Edmond Memorial beat Owasso, 53-50, in double-overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Edmond Memorial's Aaron Young (20) celebrates with teammates, including Terrel Bruner (2) and Shaquille Morris (23) after hitting the game-winning shot in a Class 6A boys high school basketball game in the semifinals of the state tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 8, 2013. Edmond Memorial beat Owasso, 53-50, in double-overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

— As the final seconds ticked off the clock in double overtime, Edmond Memorial guard Aaron Young caught a pass in the right wing.

The senior surveyed the situation and dribbled twice before Bulldogs coach Shane Cowherd leaned forward.

“Take ‘em,” Cowherd told Young, who took a step forward and drilled a buzzer beating 3-pointer to beat Owasso 53-50 and send Edmond Memorial to its third straight Class 6A state championship game.

The Bulldogs (22-2) meet Midwest City or Putnam City — who played late Friday in the other Class 6A semifinal — Saturday at 7:45 p.m.

Young’s fellow seniors — NCAA Division I signees Jordan Woodard and Shaquille Morris — get most of the attention for the Bulldogs, but each missed potential game winners earlier in the game.

Woodard, an Oklahoma signee, got a shot off with about three seconds left in the first overtime, but missed. Morris’ follow bounced off the rim several times before falling out.

Still, Cowherd said at the end of the second overtime, he tried to get the ball in Woodard’s hands.

The main priority, though, was holding onto the ball to ensure the last shot would be Memorial’s, Cowherd said.

Young’s game winner came at the end of a 1:49 possession, during which the Bulldogs played keep away from Owasso defenders.

In total, Edmond Memorial possessed the ball for 3:30 of the second overtime’s four minutes.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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