TULSA — With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, the ball kept finding its way into Xavier McClish’s hands. And the Midwest City senior kept coming through. McClish made seven of eight free throws in the fourth quarter to lead the Bombers into the Class 6A Boys State Tournament championship game with a 50-47 win over Putnam City West on Friday afternoon at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center. No. 5 Midwest City (23-5) will take on third-ranked Putnam City (24-4) at 8:45 tonight in the championship game at the Mabee Center. McClish started hot, hitting two early 3-pointers, and cooled off before resurfacing in the fourth quarter. He made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left to put the Bombers in position for their fifth state title in the last 12 years. "He’s a senior that’s been there for three years,” Midwest city coach Dewayne Bradley said. "He’s a guy that’s gonna make plays, and he’s definitely wanted the ball in his hands. So I was happy to put the ball in his hands a lot, too.” Midwest City used its defensive pressure to take charge of the game early, putting the PC West guards into difficult situations with repeated trappings and double-teams. "We knew they only had one guard that could handle the ball, and if we stay in them, we could take the game away,” Midwest City senior Trael Colbert said. With the backcourt pressure, Midwest City limited the impact of PC West big men Amric Fields and Tyler Neal. Fields scored 22 points, and Neal had eight as the Patriots ended the season at 17-12. Trez Colbert had 15 points, and Trael Colbert added 10 for the Bombers, who have won 10 straight games dating back to Jan. 23. Though they haven’t been among the first teams mentioned when discussing 6A’s best, the Bombers are one win away from a state title. "This is another game we go into as the underdog,” Bradley said. "That’s good with me, because I like that situation.”
Putnam City 48 Ed. Santa Fe 42 (OT)Though just one starter returned from last year’s team, Putnam City earned the chance to defend its state title. The Pirates got key contributions from several players in a 48-42 overtime victory against No. 1 Edmond Santa Fe in Friday morning’s semifinal. It was a steal and layup by sophomore Tre Payne that sealed the win, but RonQuis Lewis and Willie Lester came through with clutch free throws and Brian Brown made a tough bucket to keep the Pirates ahead in OT. "We knew we were gonna be here again if we came together as a team,” Lewis said. The Pirates will face Midwest City for the title at 8:45 tonight. The two teams met once this season, a 59-54 PC victory in early January. On Friday, Santa Fe rallied from six points down in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, but Payne’s swipe of a Josh Richardson pass saved the drama in the extra period. "If you leave a ball in the air too long, Tre Payne’s gonna go get it,” PC coach A.D. Burtschi said. Payne had seven points. Lewis made two free throws in the final seconds to finish with 11 points. Dominique Raney had 11 for the Pirates as well.