MIDWEST CITY — After getting knocked out in the first round of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament last year, Roland junior Seth Youngblood didn't want to experience that fate again.
So after he and his teammates jumped out to an early 13-5 lead, they made sure to hang on.
Youngblood, a 6-foot guard, scored a game-high 24 points and the second-ranked Rangers advanced to Friday's semifinals with a 69-47 win over Tulsa McLain Thursday in the 4A state tournament at Carl Albert High School.
“This meant a lot after last year, getting beat out,” Youngblood said. “I think we have some momentum now after winning this one.
“We hit a couple buckets and got some defensive stops, and that really got us going.”
Brooks Robertson added 14 points for the Rangers, and Corey Meadors had 13.
Roland will face Anadarko at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Carl Albert.
Tulsa McLain was led by Keondre Jones with 16 points. The Titans concluded their season at 14-15.