Class 5A boys basketball: McGuinness knocks off No. 1 Carl Albert

McGuinness is headed back to the championship game. On the back of a near triple-double performance by Matthew Christiansen, the Irish knocked off top-ranked Carl Albert 64-48 in the Class 5A semifinals at Mabee Center on Friday.
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: March 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm •  Published: March 9, 2012
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— McGuinness' Matt Christiansen knew Carl Albert was going to try to create points in the paint.

He quickly ended the Titans' hopes of doing much of that.

Christiansen dominated inside, nearly recording a triple-double, as the Irish knocked off top-ranked Carl Albert 64-48 in the Class 5A semifinals at Mabee Center on Friday.

“I knew it would be my role to protect the basket and command the glass as well,” Christiansen said. “It forced them to shoot a couple more jumpers.”

Christiansen had seven blocks — five in the first half — to go along with 15 points and 16 rebounds.

“They tell me seniors are supposed to step up in big games and that's exactly what he did,” Irish coach Tondrell Durham said. “Him controlling the paint really helped us out.”

The Irish (22-5) will play Tulsa East Central at noon Saturday for the Class 5A title. Tulsa East Central beat Guthrie earlier in the day.

“(Kaleb) Porter is probably one of the best guards in the state,” Durham said. “He does a good job of controlling the tempo for them.”

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