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Class 6A boys: Putnam City secures second straight title with win over Midwest City

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Modified: March 14, 2010 at 12:49 am •  Published: March 14, 2010
TULSA — Putnam City was awarded the gold ball after a 68-59 win over Midwest City on Saturday night at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center, but the Pirates won the title on Feb. 16 in a Choctaw locker room.

It was at halftime of a game that night in Choctaw that the Pirates finally became a team in the way coach A.D. Burtschi had been begging them to do all season.

"It all started at halftime of the Choctaw game,” junior RonQuis Lewis said. "We had had a bad first half and we had a big team meeting. Ever since then, we’ve been playing together as a team, getting victories.”

From that point, a bunch of good players became a team. And they didn’t lose another game.

"Some coaches might call it a ‘coming to Jesus meeting,’ or getting in touch with your inner self,” Burtschi said of his fiery halftime speech in Choctaw. "I had to introduce to them who the Pirates are and what we’re all about. We’d been preaching team mentality all along.”

Junior Dominique Raney and senior Hunter Gibson scored 14 points apiece Saturday night, and Trey Thomas had 13. Brian Brown added nine points and 10 rebounds.

PC took down the state’s hottest team. Midwest City had been knocking off highly rated opponents during a 10-game win streak.