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High school basketball: OSU signee Mitchell Solomon leads Bixby to win

The 6-foot-9 forward scored a game-high 13 points as Bixby beat the Oklahoma Storm 69-63 at the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational.
by Scott Wright Published: December 26, 2013
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Oklahoma Storm guard Chauncey Collins scored 33 points, but it was Oklahoma State signee Mitchell Solomon and the Bixby Spartans who came out on top of a 69-63 battle in the first round of the Mid-Del Holiday Invitational Thursday at Midwest City.

Solomon, a 6-foot-9 forward who signed with the Cowboys last month, scored a game-high 13 points. He had a crucial rebound, then hit two foul shots with :34.9 to play, just after the Storm had cut a double-digit Bixby lead to 67-61.

Solomon called the win over the defending national homeschool champions a morale booster for a 3-3 Bixby team that has suffered a couple of tough losses this year, including a two-point defeat to No. 1 Tulsa Union.

“They're a good team,” Solomon said. “We've had some close losses, but this is a good win, and things are looking up from here.

“We're confident. As long as we play to our potential, we know we have a chance to win here.”

Bixby's Cade Cavalli had eight of his 11 points in the second quarter as Bixby fought out of an early hole for a 32-31 halftime lead. The game remained tight until a Bixby run in the fourth quarter extended their lead to 62-52.

Collins, a TCU signee and last season's Homeschool Player of the Year, tried to rally the Storm with 12 fourth-quarter points. Collins and Solomon represent two of the state's five Division I signees in boys basketball.

MUSTANG SURVIVES SCARE

Fourth-ranked Mustang was able to hold off hot-shooting Rogers ( Ark.) Heritage for a 66-61 win at Del City.

Heritage made six 3-pointers to keep itself in the game, and had the ball, down 62-61 with 20 seconds to play.

But Mustang got a crucial steal by Demarion Love, who hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 64-61, and Mustang's Jakolby Long rebounded a Heritage miss on a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.

“Whether you win or lose the game, you hope you take something from it,” Mustang coach Terry Long said. “Playing a team like that, that executes really well — we made some mistakes and they made some shots.

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by Scott Wright
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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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