Conference Preview

Posted On: 01/29/20 9:30 AM

In their first matchup of the season, Putnam City West hosted Putnam City Original for another edition of their longtime rivalry. As any high school rivalry normally starts, things were chaotic through the initial four minutes of the contest. That was until the headlining star of the show found his rhythm and his team followed suit. PCO gave a valiant effort, but West got past the Pirates 64-58 and Oklahoma State signee Rondel Walker (the headlining star) scored 22 points.

It wasn't just Walker, though. It was West's senior, 6-foot-1 point guard M.J. Warrior that helped to keep that chaotic atmosphere at bay. Yes, Walker was the Patriot's biggest playmaker and overall threat, but Warrior conducted their offense to near-perfection. Once the initial early-game jitters wore, Warrior got in his zone and made all the right plays, at the right times. He finished the game with 13 points, on 7-7 shooting from the free-throw line, which quite accurately illustrates the type of game he had for West.

There were more than a few moments in this game where things got too close for comfort for the Patriots. The Pirates did a great job playing gritty, and fighting back,

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