Just minutes before Del City's regular-season finale against rival Midwest City — and days before the team's playoff opener — the Eagles lost their floor general.
Eagles starting point guard Brett Cannon, a sophomore, went up for a slam dunk during pregame warm-ups, missed and fell backward.
Cannon tried using his hands to break the fall, but broke his wrist on impact. He was taken to this hospital and didn't play in the Eagles' 68-55 loss to Midwest City.
Del City coach Tim Stogsdill said hours after the game that Cannon might need surgery, but that won't be clear until the swelling goes down.
Ball handling duties were split between seniors A.J. Holland and Jamal Moseley, who aren't used to playing point guard, and Del City found itself down 21-10 after the first quarter.
“It threw a little wrinkle in it,” Stogsdill said of his offense. “Especially when you're playing a team like Midwest City that wants to pressure and trap. ... With the way they play, they expose that. Brett does a good job handling the ball for us.”
Del City found its rhythm in the second quarter and was down by just four points at halftime.
But the Bombers came out with intensity to start the second half and retook control.
Sophomore Kesean Brown led Midwest City (18-5) with 18 points, and junior Cornell Neal added 16. Holland led Del City (17-6) with 16.
Midwest City hosts Norman North on Friday at 8 p.m. in a regional to open the Class 6A playoffs.
Bombers coach DeWayne Bradley said he's happy his team won and, more importantly, didn't suffer any injuries itself.
“Winning against your rival at their place is always big,” Bradley said. “But I'm really grateful we got out of here and everybody's OK.”
Del City (17-6) wasn't so fortunate. Stogsdill said point guard duties will continue to be split between Holland and Moseley as the No. 2 Eagles begin the Class 5A playoffs by hosting Durant in a regional on Friday at 8 p.m.
“The team is very confident we will make a run,” Stogsdill said. “Don't count us out yet.”
BLANCHARD RALLIES PAST TECUMSEH
Blanchard scored 44 second-half points to rally for a 57-55 win over Tecumseh in Saturday's Class 4A district playoff action.
Blanchard got 28 points from junior guard Quade Nelson, boosting the strong second half. Blanchard failed to score more than eight points in either of the first two quarters, but scored 22 in each of the third and fourth periods to knock off the Savages, who reached the state semifinals last season.
OKARCHE ONE WIN FROM STATE
Okarche is one win away from its fourth consecutive state tournament appearance after a 57-41 win over Coyle in a Class A regional championship.
Okarche's Austin Kretchmar had a game-high 26 points, while Sam Grellner added 15 and Tyler Pfaff had 11.
Coach Ray West's Warriors have reached state in five of the last six seasons.
MIDWEST CITY FINISHES PERFECT REGULAR SEASON
Midwest City's girls played back-to-back games Friday and Saturday, and won both of them to wrap up a perfect regular season.
Now, after Saturday's 56-33 win over rival Del City, the Bombers (23-0) are looking toward another state tournament run.
Midwest City, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, opens regional play at home Thursday at 8 p.m. against Moore.
“You've got to play back to back in the state tournament, so this was a really good experience for us,” said Bombers coach Art Bode.
Midwest City won the state championship in 2010, and took an undefeated record into last season's title game before losing to Edmond Santa Fe.
“At this rate, I think it's very likely that we'll go (to state),” said senior Ashley Clark, who led all scorers Saturday with 12 points.
“But we'll have to continue to play well as a team and improve each game.”
Del City (15-8) opens Class 5A regionals Thursday at home against Southeast.
JONES NIPS STROUD
A strong fourth quarter boosted Jones to a 49-47 win over Stroud to advance the Longhorns to a Class 2A regional winner's bracket game next week.
The Longhorns pulled out the win by outscoring Stroud 20-11 in the fourth quarter. Teddi Homan led Jones with 12 points.
AGYEMANG LEADS BETHANY PAST STAR SPENCER
Behind 17 points from 6-foot junior Stephanie Agyemang, Bethany won its district playoff opener over Star Spencer, 45-26.
The Bronchos' defense held Star Spencer to single-digit totals in each quarter. Bethany advances to a regional winner's bracket game at Weatherford Thursday.