Day 1 at the Titan Classic
By Robert Przybylo
Well, sorry, high school fans. No wireless at Carl Albert means you’ll only get day summaries as opposed to real-time thoughts.
Anyway, wow, what a day today at Carl Albert. I saw two boys games decided at the buzzer and in the other two, the stars came out to shine.
No. 1 thing that came to mind from today was Edmond Memorial can hang with the big boys.
Tulsa Union had no business winning, 48-47. None, I says. Well, maybe that’s too harsh. The Redskins came out fast and early on, it looked like my prediction of the Bulldogs upsetting the fifth-ranked team in 6A was pretty lousy.
Antonio Ross was dominating the paint, but then it seemed as Union went away from the stud.
Just like Tuesday, I tried to plan ahead and wrote a feature about Edmond Memorial’s Michael Maxwell. The senior guard broke his foot in the season opener and returned in Tuesday night’s shocker against Midwest City.
And this time, the gods were on my side as Maxwell was going off from long distance. He connected on four treys total and had 14 points.
And as Daniel White absolutely took control in the second half, finally, everything was going to come to fruition.
As Lee Corso would say, not so fast, my friends. The Bulldogs were up 47-43 but let this one slip away. Union didn’t hit a game-tying or game-winning shot. No, the Redskins took this game from the free throw line. Brian Higgins ended up the hero, draining two free throws.
White’s jumper was off the mark and Union escaped. I will say this for Union, the Redskins play some tenacious defense. They impose their will on teams.
Well, there goes that feature…for today.
Before that, Guthrie handled Ardmore pretty easy, 70-63. The Tigers made a nice run to start the second half, but the Bluejays quickly regained their footing and earned the win. Kent McDonald had 18 while Donte’ Foster had 17 and Keaton Callins had 16.
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