After struggling through the first half unable to get many open shots against Edmond Santa Fe's stout defense, ninth-ranked Putnam City came out of the locker room on fire, and eventually held on for a 63-60 win over the No. 4 Wolves in overtime Tuesday night.
Juniors Ronnie Boyce and David Bush combined for 26 points after halftime to give the Pirates a momentum-boosting win.
“This was a great win,” said Boyce, who made three 3-pointers on his way to 16 points. “We needed it to get back on track so we can go after the gold ball.
“We had to talk it over at halftime. We got in the zone and shots started falling.”
Bush finished with 19 points, and Richmarr Smith had 10 as the Pirates won their fourth straight game after back-to-back losses in mid-January.
Aaron Anderson, who has signed with Fresno State, led Santa Fe with 21 points, despite fouling out with four minutes left in regulation. The Wolves got 16 points from 6-foot-7 forward Shaquille Morris.
CENTENNIAL KNOCKS OFF SOUTHEAST
Centennial's Darrian Jackson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 21 seconds left to give the Bison a 64-61 win over Southeast.
Bison sophomore Austin Garner had 16 points, while Trevon Threat had 13 and Jackson finished with 11 as Centennial improved to 14-6.
Southeast's William Brewer, a 6-foot-4 senior, made seven 3-pointers and finished with 33 points.
OKARCHE SURVIVES CRESCENT
Crescent's furious fourth-quarter rally fell just short in a 57-55 loss to Okarche.
The Tigers outscored Okarche 22-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome Class A's fifth-ranked team.
Bryce Carver had 16 points and nine assists, and three other players scored in double figures for Okarche, which improved to 22-3.
John Moon, a 6-foot-10 junior, led Crescent with 15 points.
Tulsa signee James Woodard had 24 points as No. 2 Edmond Memorial escaped an upset bid by Westmoore, 64-60. ... Tavionne Pennon's 16 points powered Putnam City West to a 49-40 win over PC North. ... Midwest City edged Norman 47-44 behind 14 points from T.J. Noel. ... Mount St. Mary twins Jeremy and Justin Wagner combined for 30 points in a 61-53 overtime win against Heritage Hall. ... Daniel Banks scored 20 points to lead Dale to a 57-51 win over Konawa.