Boys Basketball Preview: 2012 State Champion Updates
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Monday, January 07, 2013
Union (6A): The Redskins are 3-3 and No. 12
in 6A in OKRankings. After graduating all their
starters from last year, some growing pains
were expected. Union opened 0-2, but won
three in a row before letting a 17-point lead slip
away in a loss to 4A No. 1 Roland in the Oklahoma
Tournament of Champions title game.
OKC McGuinness (5A): The Fighting Irish are
6-2 and ranked No. 3. McGuinness lost All-
State performers Matthew Christiansen and
Joe Edmonds from last year’s team, but appear
ready to contend for another title. Their best
wins are over 6A No. 13 Stillwater and 5A No.
15 Edmond Deer Creek.
OKC Douglass (4A): New coach Anthony
Andrews has enjoyed a smooth transition as
the Trojans have rolled to an 8-0 record and
are ranked No. 2, led by high-scoring Oklahoma
State signee Stephen Clark. Their biggest
in-state win was 71-66 over 3A defending
champion Oklahoma City Centennial.
OKC Centennial (3A): Coach Scott Raper’s
Bison are 5-5, but that is deceiving. Two of
the losses have been to defending champions
Douglass and Northeast, and the other three
came against Texas teams in an Amarillo
OKC Northeast (2A): The top-ranked Vikings
are 5-2 against primarily 6A and 5A competition.
Have victories over Centennial, 5A No.
9 OKC Capitol Hill and 6A’s Ponca City and
Cheyenne (A): The Bears are 11-2 and ranked
No. 2 with their only losses against 2A No. 5
Merritt. Braygan Lippencott, a 6-3 junior, averages
21.7 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Forgan (B): After a late start because most
of their players were involved in the Class C
football state title game, the two-time defending
champion Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 with
an 8-1 record. Their best win was over Class A
No. 9 Laverne and their only loss was against