With a team full of talented guards, Putnam City West can do just about anything it wants on the perimeter.
Yet it's the team's ability to play tough in the paint that has helped the Patriots climb to No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings.
For the second time in a week, PC West took on a team with a tall and talented frontcourt and still came away victorious, winning 75-62 Friday night at fifth-ranked Mustang.
Like it did against then-No. 1 Tulsa Union last Saturday, the Patriots overcame Mustang's strong interior presence. The Broncos' 6-foot-9 Austin Meyer had 15 points, but only one in the fourth quarter as PC West pulled away. The game was tied at 47 late in the third quarter before a 12-4 PC West run.
“We might lead the state in blocked shots,” PC West coach Lenny Bert said. “Every game, we're getting 6-to-8 blocks.
“Tyson Jolly is 6-4, but he plays like he's 6-7. Omega Harris is a high-flier, too. Our guards are getting in there and getting after it.”
Harris scored 23 points and Jolly had 22, with the duo combining for 30 in the second half.
Sophomore Jakolby Long scored 21 points to lead Mustang.
FULLER SETS MARK IN MOORE WAR WIN
With 28 points Friday night, Westmoore's Trip Fuller became the school's all-time leading scorer and guided the Jaguars to a Moore War victory.
Westmoore snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-61 win over Moore.
Fuller is also closing in on the 1,000-point mark, now with 975 points for his career.
EDMOND MEMORIAL KEEPS ROLLING
Kristian Doolittle scored 19 points as Edmond Memorial improved to 8-1 with a 76-56 win over Del City.
It was Edmond Memorial's third straight victory, overcoming a 29-point performance from Del City's Brett Cannon.
EDMOND NORTH DOWNS PC
Edmond North's youth explosion produced what is believed to be the school's first win over Putnam City since 1998.
Sophomore Tyson Anderson had 20 points for the Huskies in 62-47 victory, while freshman Harrison Stoddart had 16 points and 10 blocked shots.
MIDWEST CITY ESCAPES IN OT
Norman North exploded to a big lead, but Midwest City fought back from a nearly 20-point deficit to defeat the Timberwolves in overtime, 76-73.
Midwest City struggled at the free throw line late, but Cedric Fair hit one in the final seconds to put the Bombers up by three. Norman North's final shot was off as the fourth-ranked Bombers improved to 12-1.
Yukon senior Tanner Akers scored 20 points to lead the Millers to an 85-80 win over Putnam City North. ... Arturo Gutierrez scored 23 points to lead U.S. Grant to a 50-41 win over Classen SAS. ... Brian Canfield's 19 points helped Class 5A's top-ranked Bishop McGuinness coast to a 62-42 win over Tulsa Kelley. ... Connor Avant's 29 points powered Deer Creek to a 54-45 win over Western Heights. ... Douglass' Isaiah Shaputis had 17 points in the Trojans' 66-61 win over Northeast. ... Millwood got 18 from Ashford Golden and 17 from Michael Mays in a 60-56 win over the OKC Storm.