Edmond Santa Fe came into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Class 6A boys basketball west regional. Norman had won four games all year.
Yet it was the underdog Tigers who pulled the major upset, eliminating Edmond Santa Fe 55-46 in Friday night’s regional playoff opener at Santa Fe.
Edmond Santa Fe stayed within a basket for much of the fourth quarter, until Norman pulled away late.
The Tigers (5-18) will face No. 8 Lawton Eisenhower at 7 p.m. Saturday in the regional final at Edmond Santa Fe.
DEFENSE LIFTS MUSTANG
Earlier this month, Mustang needed overtime to defeat unranked Putnam City. A year ago, the Broncos got sent home with a first-round playoff loss.
Those two memories were more than enough motivation for the fifth-ranked Broncos, who exploded out of the gate on their way to an 86-67 win over Putnam City in a Class 6A regional opener.
“Probably the best thing that happened was that they took us to overtime last time, so you don’t have to convince the kids that they can play,” Mustang coach Terry Long said of Putnam City. “We came out and played defense the first half. You play defense, and you get out and get easy baskets. We did a pretty good job of that.”
Mustang’s lead reached 45-24 at halftime, but the Pirates fought back to within 51-41 in the third quarter. Then the Bronco defense kicked in again, helping put the game away.
Terrell Williams made four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points for Mustang, and teammate Austin Meyer had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Putnam City was led by Grason Wright and Braden Hudson with 19 points each.
Mustang will host Norman North at 7 p.m. Saturday in the regional final, a game that will showcase some of the best young talent in the state.
NORMAN NORTH PICKS UP PACE, DOWNS WESTMOORE
Westmoore came out determined to slow down the tempo against Norman North, running its offense without taking a shot for more than two minutes on the first possession of the game.