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.