Douglass Wins Second Consecutive Title over Bridge Creek
The Trojans held off a late push by the Bobcats to stay perfect against teams from the state of Oklahoma.
Thursday, July 28th 2011, 6:11 pm
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Originally Published: Mar 12, 2011 7:36 PM CDTGerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Douglass Trojans jumped out to a big second quarter lead and rode that momentum to a 64-52 win over the Bridge Creek Bobcats to claim their second-consecutive Gold Ball.
The game opened with plenty of fireworks from both squads, Douglass drawing first blood with a three-pointer from Dorrian Williams to start the game up three.
Bridge Creek Responded with five consecutive points, a drive and score from star Ryan Spangler and a three-pointer from senior Austen Kelley gave the Bobcats the 5-3 lead. Douglass answered with two unassisted layups from senior Devonte Smith to take a 9-7 lead.
But that’s when the Bridge Creek offense opened up and the misses mounted for Douglass.
The Trojans came up empty on four consecutive possessions, while the Bobcats scored eight consecutive, part of a 10-2 run to take a 17-11 lead.
That lead would hold until the closing seconds of the quarter when Ramond Jenkins scored underneath the basket to close the deficit to 21-18.
Spangler was clearly tired in the second quarter, and as his offensive production waned, so did the Bobcats’.
The 6-foot-8 forward scored Bridge Creek’s only points of the second quarter, a layup with 5:30 left to play in the half. Conversely, the Trojans scored 21 in the second quarter, 10 points from Smith, to take a 36-23 lead at half.
That lead held for the majority of the second quarter, but the Bobcats scored four consecutive in the closing minutes of the quarter to cut the lead to 49-40.
Trailing 51-44 two minutes in to the fourth, the Bobcats put together an 8-4 run, capped off by six consecutive from senior Jacob Bolich, to close the gap to 55-50.
But that’s when Douglass put the offense into gear to close the game. The Trojans finished the final minutes of the game on a 9-2 run, five from Smith and four from sophomore Stephen Clark to shut the door on a comeback.
Spangler, who is signed to play collegiate ball at Gonzaga, finished the with a game-high 28 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, with Kelley adding in 15 points.
Smith led for the Trojans with 19 points, Clark contributing 11 and Marquis Buxton-Hill scoring nine, grabbing four steals and blocking two shots.
The win keeps the Trojans perfect in the state of Oklahoma for the past two seasons, their last loss coming in the 2009 state semifinals.
Bridge Creek finishes the season 26-2, graduating five seniors from a highly-successful season.