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.