After running through the regular season with only one loss, Putnam City hit some rough patches in the playoffs, but played well enough to get back to state.
Each time, it was a refocus on defense that helped them get through, especially in comeback wins over Edmond North and Edmond Santa Fe in elimination games over the weekend.
“Coach (A.D. Burtschi) always tells us that defense will make our offense go,” said senior point guard David Bush. “So if our offense isn't going, we can't let our defense fall off.”
PC WEST BATTLE-TESTED
Coach Lenny Bert knows his players have been through the type of battles that have prepared them for state.
PC West is one of only two teams to play the state's top three teams, Midwest City, Edmond Memorial and Putnam City. Against rival PC, the Patriots lost three times in the regular season — once in overtime — and defeated the Pirates in the playoffs.
PC West also took Midwest City to overtime, and lost by six to Edmond Memorial last week in a game that came down to the final minute.