Special to The Sun
Struggling to figure out Tulsa Memorial’s zone defense and facing an overtime period, the Edmond Memorial boys basketball team needed to conjure up an offensive scheme Friday night.
Of course, no Bulldog scheme is complete without No. 10 getting the ball.
Edmond Memorial went to star point guard Jordan Woodard in the extra session and avoided an upset with a 52-41 victory in the semifinals of the Edmond Open.
The Bulldogs had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter, before Tulsa Memorial’s zone defense held them to only one field goal and three points in the final frame. Combined with some long-range shooting by Chargers guard Anthony White, it was enough to forge a 41-41 tie at the end of regulation.
Edmond Memorial’s counter attack was quite simple. It involved getting the ball into Woodard’s hands, then setting screens to allow him to attack the Chargers. He dished out an assist on a 3-pointer by Sam Kreutzer to start the overtime session, then scored six straight points as the Bulldogs pulled away.
“We got away from Edmond Memorial basketball in the fourth quarter,” Bulldog coach Shane Cowherd said. “We were letting them decide what we were going to do and not do. In the overtime, we got back to who we are.
“We knew their big men were in foul trouble, so we set screens with ours and Jordan was able to push the ball well.”
Woodard finished with 17 points, while Kreutzer added 9 and Tyler Holcomb had 8.
The Bulldogs will now face rival Edmond North at 3:30 p.m. today in the finals of the tournament.
Edmond Memorial led, 15-8, after one quarter and seemed to be in control with a 27-16 halftime lead. That advantage remained in double figures, until the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs went more than three minutes without scoring. White hit back-to-back 3-pointers to finally tie it up, 41-41, with 1:53 left. Edmond Memorial attempted to hold for the final shot, but turned it over. Tulsa Memorial then did the same, forcing overtime.
White finished with 23 points to lead the Chargers.