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Stephen Clark, Douglass

Stephen Clark couldn't be happier today that he returned home to complete his spectacular high school basketball career.

The 5-foot-11 senior guard was somewhat lost last spring when his long-time coach and friend, Terry Long, took another job. He first talked about graduating early and heading for college. Then, last fall he enrolled at Quest Prep in Las Vegas for a month before returning home for his final campaign at Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

His many fans in the crowd of 7,000 were royally entertained on Saturday as they watched him overcome several injuries and pour in 51 points to spark the Trojans to a heart-stopping 82-80 victory over No. 1-ranked Roland for the Class 4A state championship. It enabled Douglass to share the state record of four consecutive titles with five other schools.

The teenage sharpshooter told The Oklahoman, "I'm glad I came home and got it done. This championship was the toughest and that's why I love this one the most."

Clark, who will attend Oklahoma State University, drilled nine 3-poiners, the same number which Roland standout Seth Youngblood made. Youngblood, an Arkansas-Fort Smith recruit, finished with 41 points during one of the greatest shootouts in state history.

First-year head coach Anthony Andrews told the Tulsa World, "He (Clark) has a high basketball I.Q. It's pretty easy to coach him. He's a terrific leader. He's been indispensable helping the younger kids."