With his Edmond Santa Fe squad trailing by 10 points with less than six minutes left, coach Lenny Hatchett called timeout, but not to talk about what the Wolves should do on the offensive end to erase the deficit.
“I told them we needed to emphasize our defense and rebounding,” Hatchett said.
And as Hatchett hoped, that focus ultimately produced offense as the fourth-ranked Wolves came back to defeat fifth-ranked Mustang 67-63 in overtime Tuesday night at Edmond Santa Fe.
After scoring just 15 points combined in the second and third quarters, Santa Fe's offense came alive for 31 points over the final 12 minutes. Curran Scott led the charge with 28 points.
“He wants the ball,” Hatchett said of Scott. “He works hard at it, and plays a lot of minutes. He's a competitor and he's about the team. There were some great passes he made in the fourth quarter and overtime. Teams have to be accountable for him, because he's such a threat on the offensive end. And we're really proud that he's buying in on the defensive end.”
Santa Fe sophomore Tre Evans added 13 points, including a couple of clutch baskets late, and DaQuan Jeffries capped his 10-point night with a powerful one-handed dunk in overtime that boosted the Wolves' momentum.
Mustang was led by Terrell Williams and Jakolby Long with 16 points each.
HARRIS HAS 21 IN RETURN
Following a suspension that kept him off the court for a month, Putnam City West guard Omega Harris returned in fine form Tuesday night, scoring 21 points in a 70-67 win over Putnam City North.
PC West, Class 6A's new No. 1 team after last Saturday's win over Tulsa Union, also got 15 points from Tyson Jolly, 11 from Stephen Edwards and 10 from Travon Moore in the victory.
PC North was led by Micah Speight with 17 and Logan McGill with 16.
WRIGHT'S 31 POINTS POWER PC
The early going hasn't been easy for a young Putnam City squad, but the Pirates were able to pick up their fifth win of the season, 58-41 over Choctaw.
Coming off a 13-point loss to Midwest City in the consolation finals of the Putnam City Invitational last Saturday, the Pirates got 31 points from Grason Wright as they try to fight their way back from the rough start to the season.
Don Murphy scored 23 points as Shawnee pulled away from Western Heights, 62-54. ... Carson Teel's 18 points led three double-figure scorers for Stillwater in a 69-57 win over Enid. ... DaShawn McDowell scored 28 points for Southeast in a 59-51 win over U.S. Grant. ... Jace Wilkins led Dale with 17 points in a 54-49 win over Wellston. ... Piedmont got 17 points from Cameron Peters in a 50-31 win over Guthrie. ... Vaughn Raney's 23 points led Cashion to a 68-62 win over Crossings Christian.