Boys Basketball Preview: What to Look for the Rest of the Season
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Monday, January 07, 2013
1. Can the East win consecutive Class
6A state titles for the first time since
Memorial and Union won in 2003 and
Last year, Union became the first
East team to capture 6A since Memorial
in 2008. The odds, however,
don’t appear good for an East team
to end up with the gold ball. Midwest
City, Edmond Memorial and Putnam
City appear to be the top three
teams and a cut above the rest. The
East may have more good teams
than the West, but the West appears
to have three that could be great.
2. Could the Tulsa metro area be shut
out of winning a state title for the first
time since 2007?
There’s a good chance of that
happening. The best shot for a Tulsa
metro team to win is in 5A where
Memorial is the East’s top team and
probably a co-favorite with Midwest
City Carl Albert. Coweta and Edison
also have title potential. No Tulsa
metro team has won a 4A state title
since 6A was added in 1996. Victory
Christian, McLain and Central have
a shot, but Oklahoma City Douglass
has won three state titles in a row
and is the favorite to win another.
Roland showed gold-ball potential
when it won the Tournament of
Champions — the first team from
the state’s third-largest classification
to win that event since Oklahoma
City Millwood in 1988.
3. Are there really 20 teams in 6A that
are better than Booker T. Washington?
The Hornets, who won 5A titles
in 2010 and 2011 and were 22-4
as a 6A team last year, are not in
the OKRankings.com top 20 in 6A.
Booker T. Washington, under new
coach Joseph Redmond, struggled
early but has won five of its last eight
games and had a strong third-place
finish in the TofC. A more accurate
ranking for the Hornets right now
would be just outside the top 10 and
barring any unexpected personnel
losses, they will be a strong contender
again for another state tournament
4. Besides Booker T. Washington, what
other area teams that aren’t highly
ranked will make strong bids for a state
Bishop Kelley (5A-No. 12), East
Central (5A-No. 13), Webster
(unranked-4A), Tahlequah Sequoyah
(3A-No. 15), Porter (2A-No. 18) and
Summit Christian (unranked-2A).
5. Will NOAH’s Allonzo Trier surpass the
64 points he scored?
Trier certainly has that capability,
especially if NOAH needs him to
score that much to win a game as
occurred when he set his career-high
in the overtime win over Bartlesville.
Watching him on the basketball
court is similar to when current pro
pitchers Dylan Bundy and Archie
Bradley were in high school. Any
time they were on the mound, there
was a chance of seeing a no-hitter
or something special. Trier’s next big
offensive explosion could happen
this week in the Skiatook Invitational.