Class 6A Semifinals Top Performers
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A wild night of basketball capped Semifinal Friday at Lloyd Noble Center. In Class 6A, Broken Arrow avenged their loss from a week ago. Which earned them a trip to the Class 6A title game. While Choctaw was able to…
A wild night of basketball capped Semifinal Friday at Lloyd Noble Center. In Class 6A, Broken Arrow avenged their loss from a week ago. Which earned them a trip to the Class 6A title game. While Choctaw was able to take the defending champs Edmond North to overtime, but Choctaw ultimately could not recreate their OT magic from Thursday.
It’s late, I don’t have anything clever to say. I’ll be at the Big House by 9:30 AM in the morning for the Class 3A title game. Do people even read these? It’s 1:00 AM. Here’s top performers.
In the final week of the regular season, Sutton scored clutch buckets and free throws in a dramatic win against Union. It was a good primer for the big role that he would play in the playoffs. Tonight he was absolutely clutch. Hitting big shots in the mid-range and in the rim. When Sutton had an opening, or even when contested, he didn’t miss. He was 8-9 from the field for a team high 19 points. The senior was their most consistent offensive weapon tonight.
The 6 foot 5 wing has long had the tools to be a collegiate player. The way he’s played during this stretch run for BA could be a sign of a bright future.
It’s become routine to read off an impressive box score for Warlick, especially come March. This time he scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. That’s a normal night for Warlick. Tonight, as he often does, he battled his way to the charity stripe. Which he went an impressive 11-13 from. One of his best stretches came in the third quarter when he blocked a shot at the rim to start a break. He then finished the break with an “And 1” slam through contact. Warlick and consistency. It’s like peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. State tournament week and sleep deprivation for media members. Wait. What?
Barrett saved some of his best plays for last. In overtime he drained his first three of the game to give the lead. Moments later he protected that lead with a skying chase down block. The lead guard finished with 10 points on the night and some of the biggest plays of the state tournament so far.
The senior hit big shot after big shot in Choctaw’s frantic comeback attempt. That has been a common theme for the crafty guard. He’s been a good shot maker off the dribble and been one of many tempo setting, pressing Choctaw guards on defense. On a team full of talented juniors, it was Hunt’s senior urgency that helped push them to the semifinals. Where they pushed the defending champs to the brink.
The only thing that could slow downwas foul trouble. Broken Arrow with all their size couldn’t do anything with the powerful forward around the rim. He went a perfect 12-12 for 26 points. It was variety of drives to the rims, putbacks, sealing and scoring, along with other grown “Mann” finishes. The senior played his last high school game tonight, but with his combination of size, athleticism and finishing ability his playing career should continue.