BETHANY — It's been a strange season at Putnam City West, though the record and ranking might not reflect it.
At 20-2, the PC West boys basketball team is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A as the playoffs approach Friday with an 8 p.m. regional opener against U.S. Grant.
Getting to this point, though, has been an adventure. The Patriots have played significant stretches of the schedule with one of their best players sidelined — Omega Harris via suspension in December and January — and Tyson Jolly with a major health issue the last couple weeks.
Players such as Stephen Edwards and Marquis Johnson have been mainstays in the lineup, regularly producing when needed.
And senior guard Travon Moore has emerged as a playmaker as well.
Moore had back-to-back 20-point games as PC West closed the regular season with its 17th and 18th straight victories last week, earning Moore The Oklahoman's Boys Basketball Player of the Week honor. His efforts led the Patriots to wins over No. 5 Mustang and Edmond North, sending them into the postseason riding high.
As he started to show himself throughout the season, the 6-foot-3 guard received some college attention as well.
“He exemplifies everything for a kid going against the odds,” PC West coach Lenny Bert said. “He's self-made. He wasn't on an AAU team. But he's the smoothest player on that floor, no matter who else is out there.”
On a team with two guards already signed to go to Division I colleges, and other future prospects on the roster, Moore doesn't fight for attention. He maintains the ultimate team focus.
“When we play as a team, we can be great,” he said. “I just try to provide for the team. We have a big target on our back, being No. 1, but that's what we love. It makes us come out there and play harder, because we know we've got to get that win.
“When guys are out or whatever, we know somebody's gotta step up, and we've been doing a good job of that lately.”