High school basketball: Southeast boys make statement

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: January 25, 2013
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photo - Carl Albert's Malik Barnett, right, and Putnam CIty West's Omega Hrris go for the ball during their high school basketball game at Carl Albert in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Carl Albert's Malik Barnett, right, and Putnam CIty West's Omega Hrris go for the ball during their high school basketball game at Carl Albert in Midwest City, Okla., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Patriots pulled within five early in the third quarter, but the Titans extended the lead back to double digits by the end of the third.

Harris had 31, 21 in the first and fourth quarters combined.

Carl Albert's attack was much more balanced as four starters finished with at least 14 points. Malik Barnett and Javeion Gray had 17 each, Jared Price added 15 and Cameron Warren 14 in the win.

The Titans will face the OKC Storm in the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Storm got 25 points from Kole Talbott in a 63-55 win over Tulsa Central.

MUSTANG TOPS PC NORTH

Mustang lost to Putnam City North in the first game of the season, but the Broncos have now avenged that defeat three times over.

Mustang won its third of four meetings with the Panthers, this time 61-53 in the semifinals of Deer Creek's Bruce Gray Invitational.

Senior guard Garrett Goble had 20 points, and sophomore Terrell Williams had 19 as the Broncos advanced to Saturday's championship game, where they will face No. 2 Edmond Memorial.

Memorial advanced with a 79-38 win over Northeast behind 17 points from Aaron Young and 14 from Shaquille Morris.

BLUMENTHAL POURS IN 52

Deer Creek coach Matt Bailey says Joel Blumenthal has put the young Antlers squad on his back in recent games, none more so than Friday night.

Blumenthal, a senior guard, scored 52 points in a 69-66 win over Yukon to advance the Antlers to the consolation finals of the Bruce Gray Invitational. In three games this week, Blumenthal is averaging 40 per game.

Friday's 52-point outing is believed to be a Deer Creek single-game record.

FOSTER BOOSTS PIEDMONT

Christian Foster's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Piedmont a 65-62 win over Okarche in the semifinals of the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Invitational in Kingfisher.

Kendall Franklin led Piedmont with 19 points, while Foster had 16 and Adrion Williams had 15, offsetting a 31-point game by Okarche's Sam Grellner.

Piedmont will meet Bethany in the title game Saturday. The Bronchos won behind 26 points from Tanner Stiles, defeating Heritage Hall 51-46.

GRANT, CHA TO MEET IN FINALS

U.S. Grant's Jose Gutierrez had 24 points to lift the Generals to a 50-44 win over Plainview and into the finals of the Little Axe Invitational. Grant will face Christian Heritage, which got 18 points from Colton Lindsey in a 55-39 win over Harding Prep, in the final.

TIP-INS

John Jones made a 30-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Jenks a 56-55 win over Edmond Santa Fe. ... All six McGuinness scorers had at least seven points in a 59-45 win over Capitol Hill.

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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