By Robert Przybylo
Big shot after big shot in the championship, but the defense of a familiar name paves way to victory at the McGuinness Classic.
First, the scores.
Seventh place: NW Classen 60, Norman 57
Consolation championship: Guthrie 46, Norman North 43
Third place: Deer Creek 61, Edmond North 54
Championship: McGuinness 66, Carl Albert 58 – OT
Norman North 42, Norman 39
Guthrie 63, NW Classen 56
Carl Albert 67, Edmond North 61
McGuinness 69, Deer Creek 46
Edmond North 63, Norman North 52
Carl Albert 64, Norman 32
McGuinness 65, Guthrie 51
Deer Creek 70, NW Classen 69 – OT
McGuinness 66, Carl Albert 58 – OT
If you saw Carl Albert’s Caleb Price’s 3 from the middle of nowhere to force overtime (at least 25 feet away), you won’t forget it anytime soon.
But the Irish were able to gather themselves and make their free throws down the stretch in overtime for their fifth Classic title.
This game turned on one play in overtime when McGuinness senior Jameel Whitney made a thunderous block that led to a bucket and a foul for Patrick Daneshmand. The Irish got four points on the trip as CA coach Jay Price was given a technical foul.
I guess the T was the right call. I didn’t like it, but Price was pretty far on the court. It rubbed me the wrong way, though.
Offensively, it was Kevin Caruthers’ night for the Irish. He had 18 points and made four 3s, none bigger than the one that made it 52-49 before Price’s miracle bomb.
Not a lot of attention gets paid to him in the midst of all that talent, but coach Tondrell Durham knows Caruthers will have to play a big role for the team to be successful.
Fun game and the atmosphere picked up there down the stretch.
Can’t begin to explain the difference in Whitney’s game now compared to last month at the Deer Creek Festival. He looks like a basketball player again instead of a football player just trying to play.
Sophomore Joe Edmonds of McGuinness and Larry Cunningham of Carl Albert had the quietest good games you’ll see. Edmonds had 18 points and Cunningham had 16. Price had 10 points despite being blanketed almost all night.
I wrote a story about how Whitney’s block ignited the team, so look for that Sunday.
Boneman’s (and coaches) all-tournament selections: Kevin Caruthers and Joe Edmonds of McGuinness and Markell Walker and J.T. Realmuto of Carl Albert. Tournament MVP: Jameel Whitney of the Irish.
That wraps it up from Irish country. Big thanks to the McGuinness family for their great hospitality as well running an excellent tournament. Next stop: Putnam City vs. Putnam West in the PC Invitational final Monday.
Deer Creek 61, Edmond North 54
I don’t get it. I don’t get how the Huskies struggle. I think the overall MVP of the Classic was Daniel Emesiani.
Don’t know if it’s lapses in concentration or what, but North can’t seem to put it all together yet.
But give credit to the Antlers for coming back in the second half. DCreek was flat in the first half but outscored EN 41-30 in the second half.
Two reasons: Jurrell Calloway scored all 10 of his points after halftime and Garrett Hermanski stopped settling for 3s and forced the action and made his free throws.
The Antlers went on a 12-0 run spanning the 3rd and 4th quarters, highlighted by a 3 at the buzzer by Jalen Burnett (which I got decent video of).
The margin got as big as nine points in the fourth and the Antlers were never in any real serious danger.
Hermanski had 15 points and Burnett had 11 while Emesiani had 20 points and Mike Menzal had 15.
Boneman’s (and the coaches) all-tournament selections: Garrett Hermanski of Deer Creek and Daniel Emesiani of Edmond North.
Guthrie 46, Norman North 43
Early on thought the Bluejays were going to run away with this one. The defensive intensity was there, but NNorth fought back.
While Gary King was dominant the first two games, this game belonged to Patrick Schaefer as he led the way with 17 points.
For Guthrie, it was a balanced effort as B.J. McDonald led the way with 12 points but Devon Hall had 11 and Codee Gross had 9.
This says a lot about the talent/potential of Guthrie to do this without Kentrell Brothers. He is going to be a key cog for this team and to go 2-1 vs. this field is saying something.
The guards are maturing while you can easily see that this is McDonald’s club. He commands respect out there.
Schaefer had a chance to send the game into OT but missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Boneman’s (and coaches) all-tournament selections: Gary King of Norman North and B.J. McDonald of Guthrie.
NW Classen 60, Norman 57
In talking with NW coach Leroy Combs, he admitted it was tough for the kids to bounce back after the OT loss to Deer Creek.
But he said it was even tougher today because all you’re really playing for is pride at this juncture.
They did, though. Jamil Donovan looked like he had his legs again and T’aries Taylor showed me something in this one. Both had 17 points.
Jarrod Boersma had a big game for Norman with 23 points while Colton Coale had 16. Norman fought back and had a chance to send the game into OT but failed to get the shot off in time.
Boneman’s (and coaches) all-tournament selections: Jamil Donovan of NW Classen and Colton Coale of Norman. After watching all 12 games, I was in agreement with all the all-tournament picks.