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Bombers find ‘Magic’

Midwest City’s Mason McKenzie shoots a 3-pointer as his teammates cheer him on Friday night during the Class 5A West Area championship against Guthrie at Edmond North High School. Photo by Jeff Harrison

Midwest City boys punch ticket to state with double OT win

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

EDMOND – Bomber Magic is back.

The Midwest City boys overcame obstacles Friday night to beat Guthrie 95-89 in double overtime to win an area title and advance to the Class 5A state tournament.

The Bombers trailed by 12 points heading into the four quarter and five players foul in a wild game at Edmond North’s Siberian Gym.

Sophomore DeShawn Denson showed poise in overtime as he hit all eight of his free throws to clinch the victory. Denson led the way with 29 points.

“That was probably the most stressful game of the year, but we pulled through,” he said.

Coach Torey Noel commended his team’s resiliency and effort against a tough opponent.

“They all fought hard and when everyone was called, they did something positive to help,” he said. “We overcame a lot of adversity tonight and just kept fighting through it.”

With five players fouling out in the game, Noel had to go deep into the bench to close out the game.

“When your number is called, be ready,” he said.

Senior Justin Jones hit a big basket in double overtime and Mark Jackson made a clutch 3-pointer in overtime.

“That felt amazing hitting that 3-pointer and knowing my team trusted me to make it,” said Jackson who scored 12 points in the game.

Carlsheon Young finished with 19 points for the Bombers but fouled out before the end of regulation.

Guthrie led most of the game and never trailed in regulation.

The Bluejays led by a pair at end of the first quarter and opened the second with a 12-0 run. Guthrie led 33-16 at halftime.

Midwest City tried to bounce back in the third quarter, tying the score 39 all when Mark Jackson scored after saving a loose ball. But Guthrie heated up and took a 55-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

The ups and downs continued in the final period. Carlsheon Young scored a conventional three-point play, Denson drained a 3-pointer and Mason McKenzie scored on a fastbreak to cut Guthrie’s lead to 63-61. The Bluejays managed to stay in front until Denson hit a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left. Guthrie had a chance to win, but Jaylen Harper missed a shot at the buzzer.

The Bombers led much of the first overtime period. Mark Jackson hit a big 3-pointer to make it an 80-78 lead with 40 seconds left. Guthrie’s Nate Benford made a pair of free throws, and Midwest City couldn’t make another shot, sending the game to double overtime.

In the final overtime, Roy Henderson hit a 3-pointer and Justin Jones added a layup for an 89-85 lead with under a minute to play. Denson scored the final six points at the foul line for the 95-89 win.

The area championship win continues the Bombers impressive turnaround from last season. Midwest City was eliminated in the first round of regionals last year against Edmond North in the same gym.

“We lost here in the first round last year and coming back and winning against a good team is amazing,” Henderson said. “We got the job done.”

Midwest City will open the 5A state tournament against Collinsville at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner will face Carl Albert/Holland Hall on Friday afternoon.

Midwest City’s Mark Jackson (11) and teammates celebrate as they receive the Class 5A Area championship trophy from Edmond North athletic director Kent Douglas on Friday night. The Bombers beat Guthrie in double overtime. Photo by Jeff Harrison


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