Adokiye Iyaye, Put­nam City North

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - ADAM KEMP, STAFF WRITER

Put­nam City North has tried to live by its motto all year.

Hun­gry. Hum­ble. Hard work.

But it’s prob­a­bly the fourth part of the Pan­ther’s mantra that de­scribes se­nior guard Adokiye Iyaye best.

“The last one is ‘We don’t stop,’” Iyaye said. “We knew that feel­ing of los­ing when you are so close from last year and that was re­ally burned into our mem­o­ries.

“It hurt. So we knew we just wanted to take care of busi­ness this time.”

Put­nam City North did just that, tak­ing down Ed­mond Santa Fe in the Class 6A cham­pi­onship game to claim the school’s first ever boys bas­ket­ball ti­tle.

In the fourth quar­ter of the cham­pi­onship game, Iyaye made two clutch bas­kets to help seal the deal for the Pan­thers, aveng­ing a loss from the week be­fore to Ed­mond Santa Fe in the area cham­pi­onship game.

It was Iyaye who led the way for North for the ma­jor­ity of the reg­u­lar sea­son and through­out the playoffs, av­er­ag­ing more than 18 points per game while also haul­ing in 6.2 re­bounds and nearly three as­sists.

Iyaye has been named to The Oklahoman’s Su­per 5 team for his ef­forts. Put­nam City North’s road to the gold ball was any­thing but easy. Com­ing into the year the Pan­thers were ranked No. 1 but were play­ing banged up for the en­tire sec­ond half of the sea­son.

But Iyaye was al­ways ready to de­liver in what­ever fash­ion nec­es­sary, says Put­nam City North coach Ryan Wag­ner.

“He’s a great bas­ket­ball player but more im­por­tantly he has tremen­dous char­ac­ter,” Wag­ner said. “He’s ex­tremely com­mit­ted to the cause and when you have buy-in like that it per­me­ates through the whole team.”

Iyaye, who signed with Univer­sity of Texas at San An­to­nio, said los­ing in the state semi­fi­nals his ju­nior year made the re­turn trip all the sweeter this year.

“There’s al­ways a cou­ple bumps in any jour­ney,” Iyaye said. “But we stuck to­gether.

“We don’t stop.”

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