No team in the Class 6A boys bracket knows better than Midwest City what it takes to get to the title game.
When the current seniors were freshmen, they saw Bombers make the finals, and most of the current rotation played a major role in getting to the title game last year.
Coach Dewayne Bradley hopes that experience pays off Thursday when his second-ranked Bombers open tournament play against No. 3 Owasso at 7 p.m. in Catoosa.
“Owasso has been there, too, so they have some experience,” Bradley said. “But I think experience made a big difference for us in our area championship game. And this week, knowing how to prepare and how we’re going to handle practice, and just the trust in knowing what we need to do to get ready for Thursday is pretty important.”
Midwest City’s intense perimeter defense, led by players like Torey Noel and KeSean Brown, will need to be sharp to contain Owasso’s Shake Milton, one of the most electric scorers in the state.
“He’s just so smooth, so skilled, so confident,” Bradley said of Milton, who is averaging nearly 30 points per game.
OSU signee Solomon a tough test for Mustang
Mustang has one of the better frontcourts around with 6-foot-9 sophomore Austin Meyer and 6-foot-5 junior Geoff Hightower. But the duo will face a tough test in the Broncos’ 2 p.m. opener against Bixby on Thursday.
Bixby’s 6-foot-9 Mitchell Solomon, who signed with OSU, is averaging 19.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Scoring options key for PC West
Ranked No. 1 for the last two months, Putnam City West is hoping to stay on top for one more weekend.
If the Patriots are going to win their first championship, it will be because of their deep rotation of guards.
UTEP signee Omega Harris and Santa Clara signee Stephen Edwards lead the way, while others like Travon Moore and Marquis Johnson have had multiple 20-point games this season, giving the Pats more viable scoring options than any team in the field.
PC West opens against the lowest-seeded team in the field, unranked Muskogee, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Catoosa.