TULSA — Putnam City West senior Omega Harris knows what it’s like to play in a state championship game, and he knows his Patriot teammates are ready for it.
As a freshman at Midwest City, Harris lost in the Class 6A title game in 2011, before moving to PC West.
“It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s not more than the people on our team have seen. We’ve played on the big level in AAU, so we’ll be ready,” Harris said.
No. 1 PC West handled a fair share of pressure Friday night, holding off a furious Mustang rally for a 64-55 win in the 6A semifinals at the Mabee Center.
The win sets up a rematch between PC West and No. 3 Tulsa Union, which met in the finals of the Putnam City Invitational, a game PC West won. It will be the Patriots’ first appearance in a boys basketball title game, which is a significant accomplishment for the school.
“It’s wonderful for the school and everyone involved with the school,” coach Lenny Bert said. “PC West has had so many obstacles against us, so many things we’ve had to overcome as a school and a community.”
The Patriots jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter, and extended it to 41-21 by halftime. But Mustang started charging back in the third quarter.
The Broncos got as close as 55-51, but PC West closed the door with solid free throw shooting in the final minutes.
Harris led the Patriots with 15 points, while Marquis Johnson added 14 and Stephen Edwards had 10.
Mustang’s 6-foot-9 sophomore Austin Meyer had 13 points and 10 rebounds, but PC West was mostly able to negate the Broncos’ size advantage. Jakolby Long added 12 points and Demarion Love had 10 as the Broncos concluded their season at 22-7.
PC West will face Union in the championship game at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the Mabee Center.
“The guys believe we’re maybe a team of destiny,” Bert said. “It’s about what you put into it and what you believe in.
“I don’t believe in pressure. I don’t believe in luck. I believe if you prepare the right way, you’re gonna get what you deserve in the end.”