Class 2A boys state basketball notes: Millwood has experience on its side

The Falcons won the Class 3A title last year. After dropping to 2A, Millwood goes into the state tournament as the favorite.
by Trent Shadid Published: March 9, 2014
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Having won the Class 3A title last year, top-ranked Millwood (20-5) enters this year’s state tournament in Class 2A and is favored to win its 16th championship in school history.

With several players back from last year’s title run and one of the state’s most accomplished coaches, experience will be an advantage this weekend.

Coach Varryl Franklin has been guiding Millwood since 1978, leading the team to 12 state championships.

All nine players in the Falcons’ regular rotation are upperclassmen, led by seniors Mike Mays and Ashford Golden and junior Jalone Friday.

“That scoring balance is something we try to attain,” Franklin said. “Sometimes it’s tough to get our kids to stay playing within the team concept, because several of them are very talented as individuals. But it’s a great group of kids that understands how important it is to play together, and they’ve shown they know how to do that.”

Millwood opens the tournament against Howe on Thursday at Oklahoma City University. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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