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.
Peters had 12 of his 19 points in the first half as Piedmont built a 36-22 halftime lead. Adrion Williams added 15 points for the Wildcats, who will face Millwood at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game.
“Cameron needs to dig in the trenches and try to dominate both ends, which he's capable of doing with his skill set,” Piedmont coach Ryan Wagner said. “Offensively, he's doing a great job.”
Millwood advanced with a 51-46 win over Tecumseh behind 18 points from Mike Mays.
EDMOND NORTH REACHES FINAL
Four Edmond North players scored in double-figures as the Huskies moved into the finals of the McGuinness Classic with a 64-61 win over Norman North.
David Montgomery led the Huskies with 16 points, while Tyler Sanders added 15, Carlbe Ervin had 14 and Austin Usery had 11.
Flexing its defensive muscle, defending Class 5A champion Bishop McGuinness earned a championship spot in its own tournament with a 62-26 win over Guthrie.
The third-ranked Irish have allowed only 47 points in two games at the McGuinness Classic. Stephen Amalong led all scorers with 19 points for the Irish Friday.
McGuinness and Edmond Memorial will face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the title.
One night after knocking off Class 4A No. 4 Anadarko, the OKC Storm advanced to the finals of the Anadarko Tournament with an 84-62 win over Noble, behind 28 points from Chauncey Collins and 25 from Kole Talbott. ... Dale advanced to the finals of the Konawa Tournament with a 54-48 win over Lexington, getting 32 points from Evan Anderson. ... Heritage Hall's Tanner Tepe scored 29 points to lead the Chargers into the finals of Bethel's CD Warehouse Classic with a 63-50 win over Seminole.
By Scott Wright