Class 6A boys basketball: Jordan Woodard's tip-in lifts Edmond Memorial to title

Jordan Woodard's tip-in at the buzzer lifted Edmond Memorial to a 49-48 win over Midwest City in the Class 6A Boys state championship game Saturday night.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 9, 2013


photo - Midwest City's Torey Neal (10) reacts as the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs celebrate the game-winning tip-in by Jordan Woodard (10), right, as time expires in the Class 6A boys championship high school basketball game in the state tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Edmond Memorial won, 49-48. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Midwest City's Torey Neal (10) reacts as the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs celebrate the game-winning tip-in by Jordan Woodard (10), right, as time expires in the Class 6A boys championship high school basketball game in the state tournament at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, March 9, 2013. Edmond Memorial won, 49-48. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“There was a moment where I felt like we let it go,” Woodard said.

Midwest City led through virtually the entire fourth quarter, and clung to a one-point advantage when it lined up for an inbound pass under Edmond Memorial's goal with eight seconds to go.

“There's nobody,” Midwest City coach Dewayne Bradley said before choking up. “I don't think there's anybody in the state that plays as hard as they do, and gets as much out of their ability as they do. They're tougher and have more heart than anybody in the state of Oklahoma in this class.

“We got to this point and were right there because of them.”

Woodard dove along the baseline, deflected the inbound pass toward teammate Tyler Holcomb in the lane and tumbled out of bounds.

Holcomb's lay-up attempt rolled around the rim, fell out and bounced between several players before he got the ball back and threw up a prayer from the low post.

The ball bounced off the rim, then off Woodard's outstretched right arm and fell through the net as the buzzer sounded.

“This is the best moment of my life right now,” Woodard said. “I've never felt so thankful. So blessed.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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