Edmond Memorial entered Saturday with a home winning streak to protect.
It was far from easy, but the sixth-ranked Bulldogs found a spark in the fourth quarter from senior Trey Sneed that propelled them to a 58-53 victory over No. 18 Putnam North to win the regional championship.
“We just stay together,” Sneed said. “We’re a family, so we know if we’re together we’re not going to lose. That’s really special for me and all of my fellow seniors to never take an ‘L’ on this court”
Memorial (19-3) has not lost since December 2011 at home, an impressive streak that was in jeopardy midway through the fourth quarter.
Sneed then delivered four straight points to regain the lead, 47-46, and ignite a 12-2 run to take control.
“It really started with him in that spurt,” Memorial coach Shane Cowherd said. “It could have been any one of those guys, but it just happened to be Trey.”
Sneed finished with nine points, while sophomore forward Kristian Doolittle added 18 and eight rebounds.
Putnam North (10-15) opened the game strong, jumping to a 12-5 lead before Memorial answered with a 13-0 run to take the lead. The Panthers finally regained the lead with five minutes remaining in the third and led 41-38 entering the fourth after sophomore Micah Speight buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a shot that could have been a backbreaker.
Speight was tough to contain, scoring 21 points behind four 3-pointers.
The Bulldogs, however, contained him late and are now one win away from returning to the state tournament to defend their title.
“My team and I have been in that situation before,” Sneed said. “We knew we would come back. It wasn’t that big of a deal. We got kind of down, I’m not going to lie, but we came together.”
PIEDMONT EDGES GUTHRIE
Class 5A No. 3 Piedmont is still perfect at home.
The Wildcats rallied to beat No. 20 Guthrie 44-42, avenging a loss late in the regular season and winning a regional championship.
Guthrie, which beat Piedmont on Feb. 18 52-49, led 32-28 entering the fourth quarter, but as Piedmont has done all season at home, it rallied to come away victorious.
Adrion Williams scored 15 points and Cameron Peters scored 12 to lead the Wildcats, who will playNo. 4 Carl Albert in the area championship next week in another rematch of a late-season game. Piedmont won the first matchup 73-71 in overtime.
L’Liott Curry scored 16 points for the Bluejays.
MUSTANG TOPS NORMAN NORTH, WINS REGIONAL
No. 5 Mustang was always in control.
The Broncos took an early lead on No. 9 Norman North and then maintained control for a 76-66 victory in the regional championship.
Mustang will play Midwest City, which beat Southmoore 63-36, Friday in the area championship.
Terrell Williams scored 19 points for Mustang, while Marty Love and Jakolby Long each scored 16 and 15 points.
Bethany kept its season alive, beating Madill 60-52, to win a Class 4A consolation championship game and third straight game this week. … Five players scored in double figures as No. 1 Putnam West routed Moore 93-66 to win the regional title. … Thunder Sharp and Talon Sharp combined to score 28 points as Perkins beat Luther 58-45.