Douglass point guard Stephen Clark did everything he could to carry the Trojans to a win Friday night.
Clark scored 65 points, including a perfect 27-of-27 at the free throw line, but it wasn't enough for Douglass in a 106-92 loss to Airline High School of Bossier City, La., in the Bossier Invitational.
“He did it all,” Douglass coach Terry Long said of Clark. “He defended, he scored, hit 3s, penetration, dishing the ball. He left everything on the floor.
“He played a key role in just about every possession we scored on. It was a phenomenal show. I took him out at the end, and the entire crowd gave him a standing ovation.”
Clark made eight 3-pointers on the night, scoring 52 of the 65 points in the second half.
“I wasn't really thinking about it,” Clark said. “I was just worried about trying to win the game. We had a couple guys get in foul trouble, so I had to be the scorer.
“I just wanted to win, though. That's all I care about at the end of the day. This was probably good for us, because we can figure out what we need to do to become a better basketball team.”
The loss eliminated the Trojans from the tournament, dropping their record to 4-3 with all three losses coming to out-of-state competition. They will be back in action at Star Spencer on Tuesday.
PUTNAM CITY TO FACE UNION IN PCI FINAL
Tulsa Union has established itself as perhaps the top contender in the Class 6A race, and Putnam City will get a shot to take the down Redskins on Saturday.
With a 71-65 win over Midwest City on Friday, PC avenged last year's loss to the Bombers in the Putnam City Invitational title game and earned its spot in this year's final.
David Bush scored 22 points to lead the Pirates, and Ronnie Boyce added 17.
Union advanced with a 63-47 win over Putnam City West. The title game will tip off at 8 p.m. Saturday at Putnam City.
NORMAN, MCGUINNESS TO MEET
Behind a strong defensive effort, Norman knocked off Deer Creek 55-40 in the semifinals of the 52nd annual McGuinness Classic, setting up a title game between Norman and the host Irish.
Norman got 12 points each from Connor Madole and George Kittle as the Tigers try to win their second tournament title in two weeks.
McGuinness had to rally from a first-half deficit to defeat Guthrie 54-50. Matt Ross led the Irish with 19 points, while Matt Christiansen and Joe Edmonds added 11 apiece.
McGuinness and Norman will meet in the finals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
PIEDMONT, BETHANY REACH TITLE GAME
Led by a pair of sophomores, Piedmont advanced to the finals of the Bethany/SNU Classic with a 51-40 win over Millwood at Southern Nazarene.
The sophomore duo of Cameron Peters and Adrion Williams scored 19 and 14 points, respectively, and played key roles in the Wildcats' tough defensive effort.
After overcoming some early injuries, Piedmont is getting back in its groove, especially on defense.
“The thing about our kids is that they get in the trenches with us, they play great defense and give us a chance to win,” coach Ryan Wagner said. “If you can score enough, make it ugly, and good things will happen.”
Bethany senior Garrett McGrady scored 18 points to lead the Bronchos to a 62-47 semifinal win over Elgin, setting up a championship game between two of Class 4A's better teams.
Jake Hopkins and Josh Lout scored 12 points apiece for Bethany on Friday
Bethany will face Piedmont at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethany High School in the finals of the Bethany/SNU Classic.