The matchup could've come two weeks ago. The Oklahoma City Storm wanted it two weeks ago.
Belated as it might have been, the homeschool Storm made the most of the opportunity against Class 6A No. 2 Midwest City on Thursday in the first round of the Putnam City Invitational.
Storm guard Chauncey Collins made 10 3-pointers on his way to 50 points, and the Storm rolled over Midwest City 101-69 at Putnam City West High School.
Two weeks ago, the Storm was lined up to face Midwest City in the semifinals of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational, but stumbled in the opener in an upset loss to Bixby.
“We didn't take Bixby seriously, and we had a letdown,” said Collins, last year's National Homeschool Player of the Year who has signed with TCU. “We knew we couldn't have any letdowns today. Midwest City's gonna come with it. If we were gonna lose, it was gonna be a hard-fought loss.
“Everything was falling. My teammates were moving the ball well, and got it to me, and I was able to make shots.”
Collins' first four baskets were 3-pointers, and the Storm jumped to a 24-8 lead in the first quarter with ball movement that kept Midwest City's intense pressure defense on the run.
And Collins seemingly couldn't miss, showing a quick shot and deep range, often with defenders in his face. The defending national homeschool champion Storm improved to 16-6 on the year.
“Our guys wanted another opportunity (against Midwest City),” Storm coach Kurt Talbott said. “We were focused today, and I don't think Midwest City was ready for that.
“And Chauncey was unconscious today. That makes coaching a lot easier when you shoot the ball that well.”
Malik Dotson and Jed Warren had 10 points apiece for the Storm. Torey Noel had 22 points for Midwest City, which suffered its first loss of the season.