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High school basketball: Putnam City boys growing up

by Scott Wright Published: December 8, 2012

Without a senior on last year's team, Putnam City brings back loads of experience.

David Bush and Ronnie Boyce each averaged better than 15 points per game and will be one of the top guard combos in the state this season.

“We're comfortable with each other, but we want to be the best we can, and we're not playing to our potential yet,” said Bush, one of the quickest guards in the state. “As a team, we need to play better defense all the time.”

The Pirates lack size, so the interior play of center Orlando Goldsmith will be key, along with Bernard Gainey and RichMarr Smith, both of whom are under 6-foot-3.

“I have to be physical and play with muscle,” Goldsmith said. “I've got to pull boards, get loose balls and those things that the team needs.”


The season has started rough for Del City after opening as the coaches' preseason No. 1 in Class 5A.

But an early loss to Moore hasn't diminished expectations for the Eagles.

Guard Brett Cannon is back to full health from the broken wrist that kept him out of the state tournament, and former Putnam City guard Stephen Edwards moved in, giving the Eagles a dangerous backcourt combo.

Cannon says the team will have a different look, too.

“We've had a lot of additions to the team,” said Cannon, a junior. “We've had guys who moved in from California, some football players come out, like Corey Lawrence.

“We're a completely different team.”


In the last few seasons, the majority of the Douglass basketball team was in the gym long before football season ended, but this year was very different for first-year coach Anthony Andrews.

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by Scott Wright
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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