Centennial kept fighting back, but Douglass never surrendered the lead, holding on for a 71-66 victory Friday night in a battle of the top-ranked boys basketball teams in Class 3A and 4A.
Douglass, 4A's three-time defending champion, saw a 10-point fourth-quarter lead disappear as Centennial pulled within one on five different occasions.
A pair of free throws each from Stephen Clark and Deondre Clark, along with a key bucket by Phillip McKinney, helped Douglass hang on.
Stephen Clark finished with 24 and Deondre Clark had 13. Glenn Banks was crucial in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points for the Trojans.
Nick Burnett had a team-high 18 for Centennial, and Austin Garner had 15.
The girls game had even more drama, with Breiana Samilton laying in the game-winner as time expired in a 35-33 win over Centennial.
MUSTANG RALLIES PAST EDMOND NORTH
Two of the bigger surprise teams of the early part of the season went head-to-head Friday night, with the Mustang boys pulling out an 84-79 win over Edmond North.
Freshman Jakolby Long, son of first-year coach Terry Long, had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Austin Meyers added 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter. Terrell Williams and Aubrey Johnson had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Mustang.
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