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Class 6A boys state basketball notebook: Midwest City adept at balancing emotion

Midwest City's ability to manage its emotions has been one of the biggest keys to its success this season. The Bombers have been able to benefit from emotional play, but not be dragged down by the negative side of it.
by Scott Wright Published: March 3, 2013


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.”


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.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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