Superstar guard Stevie Clark leapt in the air and chest bumped his brother Deondre.
Scrappy big man Glenn Banks high-fived everyone he could get his hands on.
Athletic director Willis Alexander stood on the baseline, a fist in the air and a smile on his face.
Another year, another state title for Douglass.
And yet, this year has been like no other.
On a day when the Douglass boys beat Roland 82-80 and ran their streak of state high school basketball titles to four, the Trojans provided a respite. It was a break from a year that has been all about an academic scandal that has rocked the school. It was a reprieve from a mess that involves grade fixing and absence fraud and years of academic mismanagement.
Most of this year has been all about that.
Saturday wasn't one of those days.
Saturday was about Oklahoma State signee Stevie Clark scoring an amazing 51 points, making difficult shots look so easy. Saturday was about Banks scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Saturday was about putting another gold ball in the trophy case.
“It's a good day,” said Douglass principal Barbara Davis as fans mingled with players, snapping photos and sharing hugs. “It's a good feeling because they have been in such a bad place, a bad place in the media.”
Students have been put through the wringer because of the mistakes of adults who were hired to do better. Davis and others have been brought in to provide better oversight, but the mess that was created is still being cleaned up.
A state audit revealed that more than 80 percent of the senior class wasn't on track to graduate in May. They needed additional hours. They needed more core courses.
What it has meant is a large chunk of the seniors have had to put in extra work to get on track for graduation.
A lot of extra work.
There has been after-school tutoring, night classes, Saturday school, online courses, even intercession classes during winter break.
“They've been doing a lot of good things since I've been there, doing all those things that they need to do,” Davis said. “We're in a very good place with our kids.”
None of the seniors on the basketball team got caught up in the academic mess. All of them are on track to graduate. But all of them are aware of the situation that so many of their classmates face every day.
It's a cloud that's hung over their school this year.
Clark said the team stayed up late Friday night talking about the opportunity that they had in front of them. They were nervous about the game but grateful for the chance to do something positive for their school.
Remember, too, that the wild year hasn't just been in the classroom. The team had its own turmoil.
After last season, longtime coach Terry Long left for Mustang, where he would be able to coach his son, and was replaced by Anthony Andrews. In the aftermath from the coaching change, Clark, the top player in the state, flirted with the idea of graduating school early.
He decided to stay for his senior season.
Then, he decided to move to a Las Vegas prep school.
Then, he decided to move back.
Everyone who was at State Fair Arena on Saturday afternoon and witnessed his performance was glad that he returned. He sliced to the basket. He created for teammates. He caused havoc on defense.
But more than anything, he shot threes. He hit nine of them, and more than half of those were from deep.
Clark shot one from the Chesapeake Energy logo that is well beyond the hash mark.
Best estimate: 35 feet.
But as good as Clark was, Roland kept the game close. Douglass extended the lead to three possessions a couple times during the second half, but Roland always had an answer, often in the form of guard Seth Youngblood, who scored 40 points.
This game belonged to Douglass and Clark, who scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
“It just felt great,” Clark said.
Banks said, “My senior year, it's good to go out with a bang.”
A state championship, of course, doesn't solve the school's problems. There is still work to be done. There is still a mess to clean up.
On Monday, even though Oklahoma City Public Schools is on spring break, there will be intersession classes going on at Douglass.
But on Saturday, Douglass got a title and a break.
A good day?
“It's a great day,” Banks said.
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