“We just knew we had to do something different,” Tecumseh's Colton Owen said. “The way we were doing things wasn't getting it done.”
Saturday, the Class 4A No. 5 Savages continued their turnaround, winning their sixth consecutive game by beating No 14 John Marshall 55-52 to take the Jones Longhorns Kiwanis Club Invitational.
Owen was a big part of that, scoring 22 as Tecumseh dominated inside.
“They didn't have the size to slow us down inside with me and Julio (Hukill),” Owen said. “Our defense did real well and created chances for us on the other end.”
The game was back and forth throughout the first half before the Savages took control with nine consecutive points late in the second quarter and early into the third.
The Bears closed the gap to two midway through the fourth, but Tecumseh quickly extended the lead back to seven.
Alan Brewer added 11 and Hukill 10 in the win. Devion Smith scored 23 to lead John Marshall.
MCGUINNESS HOLDS ON
McGuinness forward David Love scored 28 points, and the Irish were able to hold off a Moore rally for a 62-61 win in the finals of Moore's John Nobles Invitational.
Will Lienhard added 14 points and Stephen Amalong had 12 for the Irish (14-2), ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.
SOUTHEAST DOWNS NORMAN NORTH
Southeast concluded a strong run at the Shawnee Invitational with a 61-56 win over Norman North in the title game.
Rashawn Thomas had a game-high 20 points for the Spartans.
Midwest City remained undefeated with a 62-52 win over Jenks at the Jenks Invitational, behind 22 points from Kesean Brown. ... Centennial sophomore Terry Davis scored 16 points, including a go-ahead putback, to give the Class 3A No. 1 Bison a 56-55 win over Lawton MacArthur in the finals of the Short Grass Invitational in Altus. ... Tanner Stiles' 28 points powered Bethany to the championship at Kingfisher's Buckle of the Wheatbelt Invitational with a 55-51 win over Piedmont. ... U.S. Grant got 20 points from Jose Gutierrez in a 47-34 win over Christian Heritage at the Little Axe Tournament. ... Blanchard downed Westmoore 68-65 in double-overtime in the Newcastle Tournament.