YUKON — Two seasons ago, Antonio Wilson was known as the scrappy sophomore who challenged Stevie Clark in practice. On Thursday, his reputation changed for good.
Wilson, Douglass’ senior point guard, took over late against Tulsa McLain en route to a 75-66 first round victory in the 4A boys basketball playoffs. He scored a game-high 26 points — 14 coming in fourth quarter.
Wilson called the win “special” for a number of reasons. Not only did he step out of Clark’s shadow with a big-time playoff performance of his own, but it also marked his best moment since sitting out all of last season with an ACL tear.
“This is his time,” Douglass coach Kendal Cudjoe said. “From day one when I got the job, he’s been working hard everyday rehabbing his knee in the weight room, putting up shots, whatever he had to do. He knew this was his team.”
McLain (19-6) began the second half with a one-point lead, 29-28, thanks to 13 points off free throws in the second quarter. Junior forward Trevion Jones led the team with 14 points.
But the Douglass defense allowed just 9 points in the third quarter and went ahead as much as 14 in the second half. Credit that scoring surge to Wilson, who said multiple factors played into his breakout performance.
“My sophomore year, I used to go at (Clark) everyday in practice,” Wilson said. “It’s helping me right now … Being on the sideline all last year, it was very depressing. But seeing it now, the game comes easier to me.”
Douglass (20-4) moves on to face Elk City (20-6) in the second round on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Yukon High School.