Posted On: 12/13/17 6:36 PM
We had a Class 6A top 10 matchup Tuesday as the #1 Putnam City North Panthers traveled to Midwest City to take on the #5 Bombers. The Panthers came out firing taking an early 23-11 lead after the 1st quarter. The first half ended with Midwest City turning up the defensive pressure and cutting the Panther lead to 5 at the half. The 2nd half was back and forth as the Bombers were finally able to take a 1 point lead early in the 4th quarter. Putnam City North answered quickly with a 9-0 run and never looked back. The Panthers beat the Bombers 79-68.
1: Chris Braggs continues to impress
The 6’3 senior guard has been on the rise after breaking out last year. Braggs proved that he is one of the best glue guys in the state, but this year he has shown that he can be an elite scorer at times. He hit multiple fade-away shots Tuesday on his way to 16 points. Braggs was also outstanding on defense blocking or changing shots as well. Driving to the basket has always been a strong suit for the senior, but he is taking it to another level with the way he has been finishing. Braggs is still a work in progress as he needs to continue to develop his handle. He can be shaky with the ball at times, but most of the other skills are there for him to be a big-time player.
2. Midwest City shows promise, but still, lack size
The Bombers changed their lineup Tuesday in an effort to combat the size of Blake Owens for Putnam City North. DJ Freeman (6’3 2020 F) got the start and played pretty solid down low. The sophomore had trouble adjusting to the pace of the game but rebounded well. Scoring isn’t something Freeman will provide, but the rebounding is much needed for the small laden Bombers.
3. The Micah Thomas show
The question isn’t what can Micah Thomas do, it’s what CAN’T he do? The 6′ 2019 PG has taken his play to another level this season. He has been much more consistent on his outside jumper as well as becoming quicker. Quickness is becoming a strength for Thomas as he uses his advanced handle in order to get wherever he wants on the floor. Passing ability is something Thomas has always had, but now he is really learning when to pass it to his teammates. There were times last year when Thomas was forcing passes to teammates, but this year his timing has been impeccable as he is leading this Panthers team to the #1 spot in Oklahoma. Thomas finished with 20 points in his game against Midwest City which was a team high.
4. THE JAM
The play that everyone has been talking about. In the early moments of the game Adokiye Iyaye, of Putnam City North, caught a pass from Micah Thomas in the corner of the court. He drove baseline and absolutely demolished a Midwest City defender to put him on a poster. This dunk helped spark a run that would turn into a 23-11 lead for the Panthers at the end of the 1st quarter.
5. Up Next
Putnam City North: 12/19 @ Tarkanian Classic (Las Vegas)
Midwest City: 12/15 vs. #17 Bishop McGuiness