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5A No. 1 Midwest City Carl Albert holds on to win Mustang tournament opening-round contest

Putnam City North, Tulsa Booker T. Washington and host Mustang also rack up first-round wins

By Michael Kinney 

MUSTANG - Class 5A No. 1 Midwest City Carl Albert came into the Bank 7 Holiday Classic knowing it was going to get tested.

With seven of the eight teams competing being ranked in the top 20, there was no escaping a challenge.

That challenge came in the opening round when the Titans took on 10th-ranked Southmoore (6A). In a contest that went down to the final seconds, the Titans pulled out a 55-51 victory at the Mustang Activity Center.

“I thought we played pretty well overall,” Carl Albert coach Jay Price said. “They are a really hard team to guard because of their really good guard play. They create so many mismatches for us off the dribble and things like that. And we knew that coming in and we knew it'd be a tough game.

"They gave us everything that we thought they would. I thought our kids competed really well and were able to finish the game the way we needed to.”

With just more than two minutes left in the game, Carl Albert held a 48-46 lead before Southmoore’s Ryan Guerrero tied the contest on a layup down the middle of the lane. However, the Titans' Casey Baker answered with his own bucket in the paint.

After a missed shot from the SaberCats, Ryan Reynolds extended the Titans' lead with a pair of free throws. A layup from Southmoore guard Camden Stewart cut the deficit back down to two points with 1:30 left.

Carl Albert’s Quincy Hopkins was fouled and he hit 1-of-2 free throws from the line. But Stewart converted a three-point play, tying the score at 51-all with 1:04 on the clock.

The Titans had planned on running the final minute off the clock to make sure they got the final shot up in regulation. However, when Jordan England found himself open on the baseline, the senior could not pass the shot up and he put CA up, 53-51.

Southmoore’s Jesse Ledbetter had a chance to tie it when he was fouled on a drive to the basket. However, the junior missed his first free throw attempt, and England hauled in the rebound before he was fouled.

England went to the line and drained both free throws to close the contest out.

Carl Albert held Southmoore to just 5-of-18 shooting from the 3-point line, while the Titans made 19-of-24 attempts from the free throw line.

“The key (Wednesday) was to make sure that they don't get hot from 3,” England said. “Southmoore loves the 3-ball. They practice more threes and twos at practice, so we just had to limit that, make sure we got the rebounds.

"Because if it's a 3, it's going to be a long rebound. So, our three goals were to play defense, rebound and control the pace and play our game.”

Ledbetter led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Stewart added 10 points and four boards in the loss.

Hopkins, who had a poster dunk in the second quarter, paced the Titans with 19 points. England posted 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Southmoore falls to the consolation bracket and will face Owasso at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Carl Albert (5-0) moves on to the semifinals, where the Titans will meet another ranked 6A squad in No. 3 Putnam City North (9-0) at 5:30 p.m. later on Thursday. It could be the Titans' toughest test of the early season.

“I want to see how good we can compete in this three-day stretch,” Reynolds said. “Because at state, it's going to be the same way.

"That's our biggest goal right now, seeing how we can compete in these three games, especially since they're going to be against very good 6A teams.”

No. 3 Putnam City North 68, Owasso 35

The Panthers jumped out to a 20-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Owasso was unable to find its offense and made just 13-of-38 shots from the field.

Putnam City North was efficient with the ball, only committing 13 turnovers while forcing 21.

Isaiah McLemore was the only player for Owasso to reach double digits in scoring with 11 points.

The Panthers' CJ Smith had a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. That included six offensive boards.

KeJuan Payne added 22 points while Zander Baker posted 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

Tulsa Booker T. Washington 63, Midwest City 53

The Bombers kept the contest close for three quarters before the Hornets pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Midwest City’s Roy Henderson tallied 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also racked up 11 rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

DeShawn Denson added 11 points in the loss.

BJ Harris led the Hornets with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Ty Holdman chipped in with 13 points.

Midwest City drops into the consolation bracket and will see Pocola.

Booker T. Washington will take on host Mustang in the semifinals Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Mustang 63, Pocola 37

The Broncos were without their leading scorer, Jacobe Johnson, who is in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American football game.

Despite that, Mustang had enough to take down the Indians in the final game of the first round.

Roman Miller had a team high 19 points for the Broncos. The sophomore shot 8-of-16 from the field and hauled in seven rebounds.

Senior Keegan Bass knocked in 14 points to go along with four steals. Fellow senior Bryson Sharp chipped in with 12 points and three assists.

The Indians were paced by Zac Jones, who scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Dakota Terrell added 10 points and nine rebounds in the defeat.