Caleb Corprew wasn't giving up.
The Midwest City junior's first attempt at a go-ahead layup was blocked, but he pulled the ball back in and scored the game-winner with 5.5 seconds left in a 63-62 overtime victory against Putnam City West on Friday night.
The win sends No. 1 Midwest City to the championship game of the Putnam City Invitational at PC North, where the Bombers will face Lawton Eisenhower at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Midwest City let a double-digit lead slip away in the second half, then fell behind 61-57 in overtime before fighting back for the win.
And coach Dewayne Bradley's team showed off its depth, with eight different players scoring in the fourth quarter and overtime. Torey Noel led the Bombers with 20 points, including a pair of crucial free throws in overtime.
The Bombers improved to 9-0, winning their first game closer than 16 points.
“Good teams win close games,” Bradley said. “We definitely needed a close game, so that we had to execute on offense, had to get defensive stops. To me, you get more accomplished out of winning close games than winning by a large amount.”
Three PC West players scored in double-figures, led by Tyson Jolly with 16 points.
Midwest City will face a different challenge against a tall Lawton Eisenhower team Saturday.
The Eagles upset No. 3 Putnam City 60-57 behind 24 points from Keyshawn Perkins. Lawton Ike trailed 57-55 but outscored PC 5-0 over the final 2:45 for the win.
Ronnie Boyce had 31 points for Putnam City, which suffered its first loss of the season.
PETERS LIFTS PIEDMONT
For the second straight night, Piedmont's Cameron Peters got off to a fast start and powered the Wildcats to a 67-48 win over Bethany in the semifinals of the Bethany Tournament at Southern Nazarene.