Throughout a season in which Putnam City West struggled to stay above .500, coach Lenny Bert pointed to the subtle differences between losing and learning how to win.
On Saturday night, the tangible proof of that learning process showed up on the scoreboard in the Patriots' 57-53 overtime upset of No. 3 Putnam City.
A young Patriot lineup continues to show its capabilities. Sophomore Kemarrie Carter led PC West with 15 points, while Tyson Jolly and Travon Moore — a sophomore and junior, respectively — combined for all six of the team's overtime points.
David Bush made one of two free throws with 2.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. He led the Pirates with 18 points.
MEMORIAL PULLS AWAY IN EDLAM SHOWDOWN
With Jordan Woodard back on the floor for a couple of weeks after a 12-game absence, second-ranked Edmond Memorial is beginning to find its stride again.
The Bulldogs pulled away in the second half for a 78-61 win over Edmond North in a Class 6A regional final.
Shaquille Morris had a game-high 25 points, and Woodard added 21 as Memorial advanced to the area winner's bracket, where it will face PC West next week.
“Jordan really gets us going, gets everybody involved,” Morris said. “He's a true point guard. We were hurting without him, but we believe we can go all the way if we can keep this chemistry flowing, and do what we've got to do every day.”
Carlbe Ervin scored 20 points to lead Edmond North, which will face Putnam City in an elimination game next week at a site to be determined.
DEFENSE POWERS MWC
For No. 1 Midwest City, success starts on the defensive end, and that's what lifted the Bombers to a 67-39 regional final win over Putnam City North. Midwest City's pressure defense allowed only 13 first-half points while building a 20-point lead at the break.
Torey Noel had 16 points, Kesean Brown had 14 and Daryck Jones had 12 for the Bombers, who will take on Edmond Santa Fe in the area winner's bracket next week.
SANTA FE UPSETS LAWTON EISENHOWER
Curran Scott led Edmond Santa Fe with 19 points as the Wolves upset host Lawton Eisenhower 59-49. Santa Fe got 12 points from Daron Mims and 10 from Kade Jacobs in the win.
CARL ALBERT HOLDS OFF DEL CITY
Junior Cameron Warren scored 27 points as Carl Albert took down rival Del City 66-58.
Jared Price had 17 points and Javeion Gray had 11 for the Titans. Del City, which led 28-27 at halftime, got 20 points from Stephen Edwards.
LOVE HAS 20 IN IRISH WIN
Top-ranked Bishop McGuinness advanced to the Class 5A area winner's bracket with a 56-51 win over Western Heights, behind 20 points from David Love.
Three other Irish players reached double-figures. Tim Tullis led Western Heights with 18 points.
BREWER'S BIG HALF LIFTS TECUMSEH
Tecumseh kept its season alive behind 34 points from Alan Brewer in an 81-58 win over Cache.
Brewer scored 27 in the second half as the Savages pulled away from a five-point halftime lead.
Luke McGrath had 16 points as Bethany avoided elimination in a 54-46 win over Mount St. Mary. ... Stillwater got 35 points from Rico Thompson, but it wasn't enough in a 76-71 overtime loss to Tulsa Union. The Redskins were led by Jeff Mead, who had 24 of his 27 points after halftime.