Adokiye Iyaye, Putnam City North
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.”