Douglass got a little bit of a scare Saturday night, narrowly surviving with a 74-70 win over Tulsa McLain to win its area championship, but the second-ranked Trojans are still fixed on winning their fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship.
Point guard Stephen Clark has been playing the last two months with an injured wrist, but continues to lead the way, with several other capable scorers around him, including DeAngelo Smith, Trevon Threatt and Deondre Clark.
“With Stephen playing hurt, that's a big piece,” first-year coach Anthony Andrews said. “One of the big things, we know how to win. That really helped us (Saturday). We still haven't played our best game yet. I don't think we've seen that yet.”
ROLAND READY TO CONTEND
Among fans, Douglass is viewed as the obvious favorite in 4A, but Roland has had the respect of the coaches, holding the top spot in the rankings for much of the season.
With senior guard Seth Youngblood averaging 25.5 points per game, the Rangers are 26-1 on the year, the only loss coming to an out-of-state opponent, St. Louis Christian.
Roland defeated Tulsa Edison and Tulsa Union, state qualifiers in Class 5A and 6A respectively, to win the Tournament of Champions in January.