Putnam City West has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the state at times this year.
Now the Patriots get their shot at No. 1.
Sixth-ranked PC West held off a feisty Lawton Eisenhower team for a 62-54 win in the semifinals of the Putnam City Invitational Friday night on the Patriots' home floor.
Now, they'll take on No. 1 Tulsa Union, which survived a thrilling double-overtime showdown with the Oklahoma City Storm.
PC West kept trying to put Lawton Ike away, but the Eagles kept hanging close, once cutting the Patriot lead to four points in the final minute before free throws iced it for PC West.
“At halftime, coach (Lenny Bert) told us to pick up the defensive intensity,” said Stephen Edwards, who provided the spark the Patriots needed in the second half, finishing with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds. “We just had to get up and go get the win.”
Tyson Jolly had 19 points to lead PC West, which improved to 10-2. This is the Patriots' second tournament final in two weeks, after winning the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Miami, Fla., over the holiday break.
Keyshawn Perkins and Dominique Pierre had 13 points apiece for Lawton Eisenhower.
Union poses an interesting challenge for PC West, which will be at a size disadvantage with its guard-heavy lineup.
“They have a lot of size, but we have a lot of guards,” Edwards said. “So we'll just use our advantage to the best of our ability and hopefully we'll get a win.”
Collins' 47 not enough for Storm
A night after defeating the No. 2 team in Class 6A, the homeschool Oklahoma City Storm went double-overtime against No. 1 Tulsa Union, but the Redskins pulled out the thriller 84-81.
On Thursday night, Storm guard Chauncey Collins scored 50 points in a 101-69 win over Midwest City. He followed it up with 47 against Union, including clutch baskets late in regulation and the first overtime.
But Union's Shawn Olden was clutch down the stretch to help the Redskins survive and advance to the finals of the PCI at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.