Oz Elite/KC Blackout 2021 got off to strong starts in each half to stop Tulsa’s Most Talented 65-47 Sunday afternoon in the eighth-grade boys’ A bracket finals of the Mid America Youth Basketball Summer Kickoff Tournament at Newton High School.

Oz Elite outscored TMT 36-17 in the second half to overcome a one-point halftime deficit.

“It’s been a long weekend, but the guys finally pulled it together and played together,” Oz Elite coach Jermaine Brown said. “This is our seventh tournament and we finished in the championship game each time. We won four of them. We have tournaments coming up in Las Vegas and Chicago. We also will play in the MAYB nationals. We have guys willing to sacrifice and are willing to win. It doesn’t hurt that we have a guy named Jackie Johnson. Everybody is going out there and doing their job.”

Roman Smith led Oz Elite with 19 points, followed by Johnson with 18 and Devan Younghans with 13.

Tae Taft and William McGuire each scored 14 for TMT.

Oz Elite finished 7-0 in the tournament. In pool play, the team downed the Lil Kings of Colorado 70-67, OKC Savage 83-68 and the KC Premiere 88-40.

In bracket play, the Elite downed River City Hoops 100-30, OPC Flight 51-44 and Oklahoma PWP 70-55.

TMT finished 5-1. In pool play, the team downed Agilign Fair 79-40, WCA Jaguars 62-31 and River City Hoops 81-51. In bracket play, TMT downed Lil Kings 58-46 and the 2021 Grizzlies 48-19 before falling in the finals.

Oz Elite hit three of its first four shots, while TMT missed its first nine, allowing Oz Elite to take an 8-2 lead. Oz Elite turnovers allowed TMT to take a 23-22 lead late in the first half. TMT hit one of two free throws with 2.7 seconds left in the half to lead 30-29.

Oz Elite opened the second half with a 16-3 run in the first five minutes of play and were not threatened from there.

OZ ELITE — Armstrong 3, Smith 19, J.Johnson 18, Younghans 13. A.Johnson 6, Dempsey 6.

TMT — Taft 14, Sanders 1, W.McGuire 14, Talley 4, Reed 4, Pritchard 2, Durant 8.

Oz Elite;29;36;—65

TMT;30;17;—47

Area results

(Saturday and Sunday games)

Junior-Senior Boys

Newton Railers (6-2, 4-0 pool)

W GFS Elite 58-41

W CO Hornets Black 69-53

W Cimarron Bluejays 69-55

L KS Triple Threat 84-57

W OKC Servants 77-71

L SEK Sharpshooters 67-50

Sedgwick Cardinals (4-4, 2-2 pool)

L KS Triple Threat Silver 60-52

W CO Hornets Black 59-42

W Tulsa Dream Team Legends 60-53

L St. John Tigers 72-56

W Lakin Broncos 57-51

L Royal Lancers 57-47

Hesston (3-3, 1-2 pool)

L Ulysses Tigers 61-41

W Lakin Broncos 47-25

L St. John Tigers 52-35

W Bennington 58-45

Freshman-Sophomore Boys

Hesston (3-3, 2-1 pool)

W Lakin Broncos 41-19

W Fredonia Yellowjackets 44-32

L Texas Bulldogs 47-18

L Game On Bulls 60-31

Newton Railers (2-3, 1-2 pool)

W Ulysses Tigers 63-41

W Wichita Hotshots 66-43

L GFS Elite 56-49

Eight grade boys

Hesston (4-2, 2-1 pool)

L Wichita Cats 37-32

W Colorado Springs Elite 15-0

W Wichita Padres 2.0 53-47

L Kansas Warriors 44-38

Elbing Warrios (3-3, 1-2 pool)

W SW Iowa Select Black 37-25

W Burlington Blitz 46-39

L Hurricanes Dallas Orange 43-29

W SE Kansas Kings 34-32

Seventh grade boys

Hesston (3-2, 2-1 pool)

W KC Spurs 53-40

L OK PWP Select 51-48

Sixth Grade Boys

Newton Thunder (2-3, 2-1 pool)

W Wichita Knights 50-13

L Khaos 44-24

L Guymon NWA 49-23

First and second grade boys

Hesston (3-4, 1-3 pool play)

L Kansas Defenders 1st 34-10

L TMT 35-9

W BTR 2029 21-20

W AK Jayhawks 29-28

L Kansas Defenders 2nd 59-9

W BTR 2029 30-16

Junior-Senior Girls

Hesston (1-4, 0-3 pool)

L Balko Lady Bison 37-36

W Wolfpack Elite 42-23