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June 3, 2013

Edmond Memorial cagers make strong showing at Manning Camp

TULSA — Edmond Memorial basketball coach Shane Cowherd has begun his search for replacements for his 2013 Class 6A state championship team, which also was state runner-up in ‘12 and state champs in ‘11.

Cowherd and his staff had both varsity and junior varsity squads playing in the competitive Danny Manning Camp at the University of Tulsa over the weekend. Ringleaders Jordan Woodard and Shaq Morris have already reported to the University of Oklahoma and Wichita State University to begin their college careers respectively.

So, Cowherd must replace his entire starting lineup from a squad that included six seniors and six sophomores for the games in Tulsa. In addition to five seniors who saw duty with last year's championship team, Cowherd got a nice surprise in the person of senior Jayden Shively, a 6-4 move-in from Florida.

And this is no ordinary sophomore group. They went undefeated through a rugged Mid-State Conference schedule, won tournaments at Carl Albert and Memorial with 6-5 Kellen Manek and 6-4 Christian Doolittle leading the way. Both joined the varsity for the postseason and picked up state championship rings.

The Bulldogs went undefeated in pool play at Tulsa, losing only to 4A power Tulsa Victory Christian, 46-43, with Shively leading the Bulldogs with 13 points. Point guard Taylor Hicks and smooth shooting 6-6 forward Jacob Essman each had eight points. Seniors Caleb McCain, Kevin Green and Trey Sneed led the Memorial defensive effort.

Manek and Doolittle are joined by fellow sophomores Garrett Pearson — who had a crucial 3-pointer against Victory Christian — and Seth Van Horn, who shared point guard duties with Hicks, Travis Glover and Payton Moore.

The Bulldogs' most impressive victory came over a talented Mustang team, coached by former Douglass coach Terry Long. The Bulldogs trailed at halftime, 28-25, but rallied for 42 after intermission for a 67-58 triumph. Shively had 11 of his 15 points after the half while McCain, who finished with a dozen, scored eight in the second half.

Manek sank a trey and two field goals, all in the second half, while Sneed finished with nine and Essman added eight. Van Horn and Hicks combined for nine assists and nine points, while Doolittle added five and pulled down seven rebounds. Glover provided the go-ahead layup off of a steal late in the second period.

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