The Shawnee News-Star
  • Oklahoma All-Stars prevail in closely played contest

  • The Oklahoma All-Stars defeated the Texas All-Stars 101-95 Saturday, June 8, in the closely contested 48th annual Faith 7 Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist University's Noble Complex.
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  • From start to finish, Saturday’s Faith 7 Bowl was anybody’s game.
    The lead changed hands seven times, the score was tied eight times and the largest margin was a mere 11 points — and that was short-lived.
    But as the dust settled on the 48th annual charity game, it was Oklahoma’s All-Stars that were on top with a 101-95 win over their Lone Star counterparts at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.
    This moves Oklahoma’s all-time advantage in the series to 34-19, and gives the boys from north of the Red River their sixth win out of the last 10 meetings. Since 1999, Oklahoma’s All-Stars have won 10 out of 15 encounters.
    Texas had the hot hands last year, putting up a landslide 107-80 victory.
    The Lone Star players drew first blood Saturday, but found themselves in a 21-18 rut after one quarter. Oklahoma added 32 second-quarter points to forge a 53-44 halftime lead, and the Sooner State’s All-Stars were up 55-44 — their largest advantage of the night — early in the second half.
    Texas whittled at the lead and trailed just 74-71 to start the fourth.
    Trading blows and staying just a step or two apart, the teams crossed the 90-point barrier with ample time left to play. Oklahoma led 99-93 with 30 seconds remaining, and that’s when Edmond Memorial graduate Shaquille Morris put his team over the century mark with a reverse layup.
    Morris was named most valuable player after leading Oklahoma with 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Jeffrey Carroll, who will play for Oklahoma State, was named MVP of the Texas crew after posting a game-high 26 points. Carroll went 8-for-16 from the floor, including a game-high 5-for-11 from 3-point range, and he was 5-for-6 on foul shots.
    Also posting double figures for Oklahoma were John Moon (16), Ronnie Boyce III (13), Seth Youngblood (11), Jordan Woodard (10) and Carlbe Ervin (10). Youngblood won the Shawnee Trophy Company Slam Dunk Contest prior to the game.
    Ervin, a graduate of Edmond North High School, just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds.
    The Oklahoma All-Stars won the rebound battle, 57-49, and each team endured 13 turnovers.
    Leyton Hammonds, who will also play for Oklahoma State, dropped in 18 points for Texas and led the team with eight boards.
    Also picking up double figures for the Texas All-Stars were Ridge Shipley (19) and Xavier Smith (10).
    Also going to the Big 12 Conference from the 2013 Faith 7 Bowl are Douglass High School grad Stephen Clark (to Oklahoma State University) and Edmond Memorial grad Jordan Woodard (to the University of Oklahoma).
    The Texas All-Stars finished at 33-for-85 (38.8 percent) on field goals Saturday, including 10-for-35 (28.6 percent) from long range. They hit 19 of 22 (86.4 percent) of their free throws.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Texas crew improved in the second half, hitting at a 45.9-percent clip from the floor after forging a 33.3-percent effort in the first two quarters.
    Oklahoma finished at 41.6 percent (37-for-89) on field goals, including 11-for-32 (34.4 percent) from 3-point range. Oklahoma’s All-Stars hit 84.2 percent (16-for-19) of their free throws.
    The Oklahoma members hit 44.9 percent of their floor shots in the opening half, and 37.5 percent of their shots in the second half.
    Proceeds from the annual Faith 7 Bowl go to the Faith 7 Activity Center, and are used for sending members to the Special Olympics and for providing training opportunities and job skills.
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