For anyone who was expecting Midwest City to fall off after graduating its top two scorers from last season's Class 6A runner-up team, you can stop wondering now.
The Bombers might look a little different this season, but they haven't gone anywhere. Seniors Torey Noel and Kesean Brown combined for 29 of their total 38 points in the second half as second-ranked Midwest City handed No. 4 Mustang its first loss of the season, 63-60, in the finals of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational Saturday night at Del City.
Noel, who was named the tournament MVP, had 15 of his 19 points in the second half. Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter on the way to 19 as well.
The lead went back and forth in the first half, and neither team led by more than nine points at any time. Mustang fought back behind Terrell Williams' 29 points to tie the game at 48 with just over four minutes to play.
But Midwest City was able to close it out at the free throw line, knocking off Mustang in the finals of the Mid-Del Invitational for the second straight year.
PC West reaches finals in Miami
Putnam City West advanced to the finals of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Miami, Fla., with a 61-56 win over South Miami in the semifinals. The title game will be held Monday.
Tyson Jolly scored 19 points to lead the Patriots, who outscored South Miami 16-9 in the fourth quarter.
Union edges McGuinness in TOC
Stephen Amalong had 20 points for Bishop McGuinness, but it wasn't enough to take down Class 6A's No. 1 team. Tulsa Union held on in the defensive battle for a 41-35 win in the Tournament of Champions at Oral Roberts.
Union jumped out to a 17-5 lead and fought off the Irish the rest of the way.
Deer Creek wins Ardmore title
With a late block and a pair of free throws by Conner Avants, Deer Creek defeated Carl Albert 49-45 in overtime in the finals of the Ardmore Festival.
Oklahoma State signee Mitchell Solomon scored 22 points as Bixby defeated Del City for third place in the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational. ... After trailing by two going into the fourth quarter, Western Heights beat Durant 58-40 in the third-place game at the Ardmore Holiday Festival. Three players scored in double figures for the Jets.