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Bombers take PCI title

Midwest City Bomber guard Roy Henderson Jr. (2) splits the defense during the championship game of the Putnam City Invitational in Warr Acres on Saturday, January 6. Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City Beacon

By Michael Kinney
Midwest City Beacon

WARR ACRES — Since the start of the season, the Midwest City boy’s basketball team has seemingly been flying under the radar. Despite playing four ranked teams in their first seven outings, they weren’t talked about as potential state champions.

That all may have changed after this past weekend. The Bombers rolled into a stacked Putnam City Invitational and came away with the tournament championship.

It culminated Saturday night with a convincing 51-37 victory over Norman North at Putnam City High. That included an emphatic dunk as the buzzer sounded just to put an exclamation point on the entire weekend.

“We are good enough to win state,” MWC’s Roy Henderson Jr. said. We are a state-contending team. We are going to win state, actually.”

Henderson, who was named MVP of the tournament, scored a team-high 15 points in the victory. Carlshean Young added 12 points.

Norman North was led by Luke Bauman, who scored 12 points.

With 4:54 left in the game, Midwest City took a 40-31 lead. On the ensuing possession, North’s Drew Morris drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead down to 40-34.
But the Bomber’s Mark Jackson hit a long jumper to push the advantage back to eight points. After the Timberwolves came up empty on their next possession, Young made a scooping layup to give the Bombers a 10-point advantage.

North’s Tracey Leslie was fouled and made 1 of 2 from the line with 2:50 left on the clock. However, Mason McKenzie completed an old-fashioned 3-point play on the other end.

The Timberwolves then turned the ball over and McKenzie was fouled again. He drained both free throws to put MWC up 49-35 with 1:50 left in the contest.

That was enough to put the contest away as the Bombers claimed the tournament championship.

“The key was playing together and making shots,” Henderson said. “We weren’t making shots in the first and we came out (in the second half) and made shots.”

Just to get to the title game, Midwest City (8-2) had to go through a gauntlet of 6A squads. They started the tournament off by knocking off Putnam City West in the opening round Thursday. They then took out Tulsa Union in the semifinals.

The Redhawks gave the Bombers their toughest matchup and they had to hold on for a one-point victory and hand Union their second defeat of the season.
With three straight wins over solid 6A teams, the Bombers believe they are in good shape moving forward through the rest of the season.

“They were tough, but we’re tougher,” Henderson said. “We moved down to 5A and they tried to put us down. But we came back and beat all the 6A good teams.”

The Midwest City Bombers defeated the Norman North Timberwolves 51-37 during the championship game of the Putnam City Invitational in Warr Acres on Saturday.
Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City Beacon

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