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Carrie Coppernoll Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

Look at these pups! Adorable! And then they both got technical fouls for mouthing off.


I found this photo while digging around in The Oklahoman‘s archives. Here’s the story that goes with this photo:

McGuinness 52, OCS 41
Sophomore Orton proves himself as Irish beat Saints
By Brandon Chatmon
Staff Writer

Saturday, December 16, 2006
Edition: CITY, Section: SPORTS, Page 7C

It was mere seconds into the boys basketball game between Class 4A’s top-ranked McGuinness and Class 2A’s top-ranked Oklahoma Christian School.

McGuinness forward Michael Sosanya missed a layup, and teammate Daniel Orton came flying in for a powerful follow-up dunk and personal statement: I may be only a sophomore, but I’ve arrived.

Orton’s dunk sparked McGuinness to a 52-41 win over OCS in an emotional, state tournament-like atmosphere before an estimated 3,500 fans at McGuinness High School on Friday night.

Orton was outstanding for the Irish, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He grabbed eight rebounds and recorded four blocks.

“He’s growing up,” McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham said. “He was being aggressive, and that’s what we like to see from him.”

The 6-foot-9 sophomore, who is the little brother of former Oklahoma State and McGuinness standout Terrence Crawford, was playing to prove his name belongs among the state’s top players.

“It’s what I’ve been waiting for,” Orton said. “I felt like I did have something to prove, and I think I played pretty well tonight. Everyone tells me you have to step up against the best.”

And that’s clearly what Orton did against OCS forward Blake Griffin, one of the nation’s top high school basketball players. The two even had a heated exchange, which resulted in double technical fouls in the third quarter.

“We’re friends off the court,” Orton said. “But on the court, we’re enemies.”

Slowing Griffin, an Oklahoma commitment, was a key for McGuinness. The Irish doubled Griffin, leaving other players with open shots, which they failed to hit.

OCS shot 34 percent (16-of-46) from the field, including 14 percent (1-of-7) from the 3-point line.

“With a good player like Blake, you have to give him a lot of attention,” Durham said. “Otherwise, he can really get going.”

Another key was the play of guard Alex Fuller, who scored 15 points to lead McGuinness. The play of Fuller, Sosanya (12 points, eight rebounds) and Orton won the game.

They combined for 39 of McGuinness’ 52 points in the highly-anticipated matchup, which featured two defending state champions.

“There were Division I players all over,” Fuller said. “There was so much hype, and I think it lived up to it.”


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