A third-quarter surge and a late turn of fortunes at the free throw line helped Midwest City spoil Senior Night at Westmoore with a 70-59 win Friday.
The sixth-ranked Bombers used a 20-7 run in the third quarter to open up a 19-point lead on No. 17 Westmoore, which cut the deficit to 63-57 in the final minutes.
But after going 1 for 6 at the free throw line through 3 1/2 quarters, Midwest City hit five of its final seven attempts to close the door.
Cornell Neal scored 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half, keying the Bombers' strong third quarter.
“We weren't playing as hard as we needed to on defense,” Neal said. “We came out and did that, and that's how we were able to build up the lead.”
Westmoore was led by Beau Palmer with 15 points. Kyle Lakin and Tripp Fuller had 10 each.
Midwest City's Kesean Brown and T.J. Noel had 13 points apiece, while Daryck Jones added 11. Midwest City is back in action Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Del City.
Del City is coming off a strong win of its own, getting 20 points from senior forward Steffon Herd in a 58-38 victory over Moore.
PUTNAM CITY PULLS AWAY
A nip-and-tuck game all the way through, Putnam City was able to finally put some distance between itself and Putnam City North in the fourth quarter on the way to a 61-50 win over its rival.
The No. 9 Pirates got 18 points from Ronnie Boyce and 16 from David Bush in winning their seventh straight game. Eleventh-ranked PC North was led by T.J. Jones with 14 points and John Robert Simon with 11.
GUTHRIE TOPS EL RENO
Codee Gross had a game-high 19 points to lead Guthrie to a 65-55 win over El Reno. Kai Callins had 13 points, and Jerrick Warren had 11 for the Bluejays, who outscored El Reno 15-6 in the second quarter.
Conner Haydon led El Reno with 18 points.
Carson Clay sank the game-winning free throw with seven seconds left in overtime as Choctaw trimmed Edmond North 59-57. Clay finished with 17 points. ... Justin Jones and Shaquille Morris had 13 points apiece as Edmond Santa Fe edged Mustang 47-40. ... Putnam City West defeated Yukon 53-41 behind 16 points from Deontee Ogles. ... Dejoun Sanders had 29 points in Shawnee's 72-58 win over Chickasha. ... Dydrell Post's 19 points led six Douglass double-figure scorers in a 111-43 win over Cushing. ... Purcell got 16 points apiece from Michael Perigo and Cole Swayze in a 54-37 win over Harrah. ... Centennial sophomore Austin Garner scored 18 points to lead the defending Class 3A state champions to a 44-30 win over Newkirk in the playoff opener.