Bishop McGuinness guard Stephen Amalong tried to learn as much as he could from the strong senior leaders the Irish had during their championship run last season.
Now, the junior is implementing what he saw as McGuinness tries to return to the top of Class 5A.
Amalong scored 12 points to lead the second-ranked Irish to a 52-26 win over Cascia Hall in Hoops 4 Hope to benefit Catholic Charities on Friday at Mount St. Mary.
Amalong hit a pair of early 3-pointers as the Irish built a quick lead and coasted to their seventh straight victory.
“Those guys last year taught me a lot, and the seniors on this year's team are really good leaders, too,” Amalong said. “We've needed some guys to step up and keep building on what we have.”
DEFENSE CARRIES MOUNT ST. MARY
Kaely Bond had 20 points as the Mount St. Mary girls rolled past Tulsa Kelley 56-36 at Hoops 4 Hope.
Aimee Rischard added 11 points in the win, but it wasn't about offense for the Rockets.
Constant defensive pressure helped St. Mary create turnovers and easy baskets to build a big first-half lead.
“This was the first time we've really put four quarters together,” Rockets coach Rory Hamilton said. “It starts and stops for us on defense, when we guard and rebound and give ourselves a chance for fast-break opportunities.
“I really liked how we were aggressive getting to the basket and getting to the free throw line a lot more than what we usually do.”
MORRIS, YOUNG LIFT MEMORIAL
Shaquille Morris and Aaron Young continue to pick up the slack for injured point guard Jordan Woodard, carrying No. 2 Edmond Memorial to a 63-51 win at Westmoore.
Morris, a 6-foot-8 Wichita State signee, had 29 points and Young, a senior guard, added 18 for the Bulldogs. It is not known when Woodard will return from a hamstring injury.
NORMAN NORTH, DEL CITY SPLIT
Four days changed everything.
The Norman North girls and Del City boys were victorious when the two schools met on Monday, but both results were flipped Friday night.
The Del City girls pulled the upset, outscoring Norman North 16-5 in the fourth quarter for a 50-47 win. Dionna Collins had 21 points and Shaletha Clark had 19 for the Eagles.
Norman North's boys got 18 from freshman Lindy Waters and 14 from junior Kairo Rutledge as four Timberwolves finished in double-figures in a 68-60 win. Del City was led by Stephen Edwards with 23 points.
DOUGLASS IN FINALS
The Douglass boys got 42 points from Stephen Clark and moved into the finals of the Frontenac (Kan.) Fast Break tournament with an 81-54 win over Nevada, Mo.
Deondre Clark and Trevon Threatt added 10 points apiece for the Trojans.
HERITAGE HALL NIPS OCS
Sophomore Chris Hamilton scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as Heritage Hall rallied for a 55-52 win over Oklahoma Christian. Peter LeForce added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Chargers.
Norman's John Michael Benardello made eight 3-pointers and finished with 30 points as the Tigers routed Moore 84-57 ... Carson Teel had 20 points to lead the Stillwater boys to a 58-55 win over Edmond Santa Fe ... The Putnam City girls got 25 points from Jamie Moore in a 57-45 win over Choctaw ... Alicia Sandlin had 17 of her 22 points in the second half of Bridge Creek's 71-59 win over Little Axe ... The Bethany girls rolled over Marlow 56-35 behind 23 points from Grace Hadley, who recently surpassed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career.