For the second straight night, Putnam City needed a second-half comeback to keep its season alive, and once again, the third-ranked Pirates came through.
On Friday, the Pirates defeated Edmond North in overtime, and on Saturday, PC exploded in the final minutes to pull away for a 67-59 win over Edmond Santa Fe at Norman North.
Defense turned the key for PC Saturday, with tough perimeter defense creating turnovers, and forward Orlando Goldsmith blocking shots around the rim to lead to easy points for the Pirates.
“We just thought about the seven seniors and how this would be our last time playing together,” said David Bush, who led PC with 22 points. “We started going down and playing better defense, getting offensive boards, and just playing hard together.”
Richmarr Smith had 16 points, and Ronnie Boyce had 13 for the Pirates, who will be making their sixth straight appearance in the state tournament.
Kade Jacobs scored 15 points on five 3-pointers to lead the Wolves.
Douglass point guard Stephen Clark scored his team's last seven points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play, as the Trojans sealed up a state berth with a 74-70 win over No. 8 Tulsa McLain in a back-and-forth contest.
Clark finished with 29 points, and Trevon Threatt added 10 for second-ranked Douglass.
BUZZER-BEATER SENDS NOBLE TO STATE
Jared Palmer made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Noble a 39-36 overtime victory against Coweta, earning the Bears their first state tournament appearance since 1995.
Noble scored in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game as well.
CARL ALBERT DOWNS PIEDMONT
Jared Price made five 3-pointers to lead Carl Albert back to the state tournament with a 77-72 win over Piedmont.
Price had 19 points, while Malik Barnett and Javeion Gray had 16 apiece. Gray scored 10 of his points in the second half.
Cameron Peters led Piedmont with 20 points and Adrion Williams had 19.
CENTENNIAL, MCGUINNESS ADVANCE
Class 5A Bishop McGuinness and Class 3A Centennial, both defending champions, found their tournament lives at stake Saturday night, but both were able to advance with ease.
McGuinness topped Del City 65-43, while Centennial knocked off Oklahoma Christian 59-37.