With a lineup full of new starters, defending Class 5A champion McGuinness has gradually climbed up the rankings, and on Saturday night, the Irish showed that this is officially a reloading year, not a rebuilding year.
With yet another strong defensive performance, McGuinness defeated Class 6A No. 9 Edmond North 56-42 in the finals of the McGuinness Classic.
Senior David Love scored 15 points, sophomore Will Lienhard had 14 and junior Stephen Amalong added 12 for the Irish, who improved to 10-2 on the season — but undefeated against in-state competition.
Defense keyed the title run. McGuinness allowed 29.7 points per game in the three contests.
“Just a good ol' blue-collar team,” McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham said. “Last year, we had some seniors who were some pretty good scorers. This year, we've got a complete team. Nobody cares who scores and they play hard defensively.”
The game was tight all the way through, but McGuinness was able to close it with a 12-5 run to put it away.
Carlbe Ervin led Edmond North with 16 points.
MIDWEST CITY ROLLS TO TITLE
Top-ranked Midwest City scored the first 15 points of the game, and by the middle of the first quarter, little doubt remained in the Putnam City Invitational championship game.
Lawton Eisenhower kept it respectable but never threatened the Bombers, who cruised to a 68-47 win at Putnam City North.
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