Boys basketball roundup: McGuinness powers past Edmond North

McGuinness defeated Class 6A No. 9 Edmond North 56-42 in the finals of the McGuinness Classic on Saturday.
by Scott Wright Published: January 12, 2013
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photo - Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty,  Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty, Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Cornell Neal had 15 of his 19 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers. The Midwest City defense caused constant frustration for the Eagles and created several easy Bomber baskets.

A night after surviving with a 63-62 overtime win against Putnam City West, everything was clicking for Midwest City in the finals.

“When we hook up on defense, this is exactly what happens,” Neal said. “This is what we can do when we work on defense, block out, rebound and run.”

The Bombers have been playing like the best team in the state, but Neal says the team has to be mentally mature to keep the momentum going into March.

“We can't get a big head about being No. 1,” he said. “We've got to keep getting better every day in practice as we move along.”

Dominique Pierre had 24 points, scoring 14 of Lawton Ike's 16 first-half points.

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Evan Anderson scored 28 points and Dale won the Konowa Tournament with a 57-42 victory over Konowa. ... Class 2A No. 1 Northeast defeated Stroud 37-31 to win the Stroud 66 Coliseum Classic. ... The championship game of Bethel's CD Warehouse Classic between Byng and Heritage Hall was postponed until Thursday at a time to be announced because of impending weather and travel concerns.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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