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High schools: Midwest City continues its success in basketball

The cast of characters continually changes at Midwest City, but the product on the court never seems to.
by Scott Wright Published: February 26, 2014
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty,  Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Midwest City's Torey Noel tries to get by Lawton Ike's Keyshawn Perkins during the championship game between Lawton Eisenhower and Midwest City at the Putnam City Invitational at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma CIty, Saturday,Nov. 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

MIDWEST CITY — The cast of characters continually changes at Midwest City, but the product on the court never seems to.

Discerning the differences between the team that played for a Class 6A boys basketball title in 2010 and this year’s Bomber squad is nearly impossible, other than the players.

Coach Dewayne Bradley continues to find a way to make his players passionate on defense first, and offense second – which isn’t always an easy task with a high school athlete.

Midwest City graduated its two best players from last year’s team, which finished as the state runner-up, but the remaining players filled the gaps and kept moving.

The intense pressure defense is still there. From year to year, the team might have better or worse shooters, but they always find ways to score. This year’s team is just continuing the trend.

With the playoffs set to begin Friday with the Bombers hosting Choctaw at 8 p.m., Midwest City has just one loss and is ranked second in the state behind Putnam City West.

“We’ve just learned from the guys who graduated before us,” senior KeSean Brown said. “They motivated us to do the same thing they did.

“That’s the way we practice. Defense always comes first. Defense creates offense.”

Midwest City has only allowed more than 73 points once all season, that coming in a surprising 101-69 loss to the Oklahoma City Storm in early January.

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by Scott Wright
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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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