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Northeast outduels Victory Christian

From Staff Reports Published: March 10, 2002
The boys basketball dynasty Tulsa Victory Christian hoped to establish during the career of superstar swingman Kelenna Azubuike never quite materialized, but a new one might just be starting down the Turner Turnpike.

Northeast, a team with two sophomores and a junior in its starting lineup, sent away its superstar, senior center Julius Lamptey, with the Class 4A title. The Vikings downed Azubuike and Victory Christian 63-54 before about 6,000 fans on Saturday night at State Fair Arena.

Azubuike finished his stellar career with 3,526 points, the second-best total in state history, just 113 shy of the state mark set by Ty Harman of Maud from 1985 through 1989. But during his time at the south Tulsa private school, Victory Christian won only one state championship, during his sophomore season. During his other years, the Conquerors lost in the first round, the semifinals and this time, in the championship game.

When the second-ranked Conquerors (19-10) looked to the 6- foot-6 Azubuike on Saturday, he didn't come through. Azubuike scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but he went just 9-of-27 from the field. Victory Christian's other NCAA Division prospect, Kasey Stewart, went just 3-of-12 from the field and scored nine points. As a team, the Conquerors shot 17-of-52 (32.7 percent).

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