On a Faith 7 Basketball Bowl stage minus big-name recruits, Caleb Nero produced a star-like performance Saturday.
Nero, a Tulsa Memorial product, broke three Faith 7 individual records as Oklahoma battered an outmanned Texas squad 140-94.
Nero, who will play collegiately at Wisconsin-Milwaukee of the Horizon League, scored 42 points, eclipsing the previous Oklahoma high of 37 by Keiton Page in 2008. Page went on to star for Oklahoma State.
Nero also posted 16 field goals, snapping Oklahoma’s previous record of 14 by Darryl Kennedy in 1983. Kennedy went on to become a University of Oklahoma mainstay.
By chalking up five 3-point field goals, Nero bypassed the former record of four held jointly by Page and Rotnei Clarke of Verdigris in 2008 and Marcus Dickinson, Jr. of Norman North in 2016.
Texas, much to its chagrin, also lost by the biggest margin, 46 points, in the 52-year history of the Faith 7.. Texas lost by 45 points, 146-101, last year.
Oklahoma’s domination came despite four Division 1 commitments from its original roster being unavailable to play, including Oklahoma signees Trae Young, a McDonald’s All-American from Norman North and Brady Manek if Harrah.
Nero, who was unaware he had set three records, said, “I’m just truly honored and blessed because I know just how great a player Keiton was.”
Twenty-four of Nero’s points came in the third quarter as Oklahoma went on a 43-26 binge for a 101-70 advantage.
“ I just tried to play with more energy in the third quarter. It was very, very fun out there. I have put a lot of work in the gym, but the shooting kind of comes naturally,” Nero said.
Nero also racked up a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with three steals.
Oklahoma sizzled from 3-point range at 21 of 34 (61.8 percent), including 5 of 8 from Nero and 4 of 5 from Brewster Peacock.
Also scoring in double figures for Oklahoma were Peacock (Verdigris) 25, Coryon Mason (Douglass) 23, Cameron Hines (Fort Cobb-Broxton) 15 and Harrison Stoddart (Edmond North) 12.
The hosts hit 59.3 percent (48-81) of their field goals as Mason knocked down all eight of his attempts. Brewster was 7 of 10.
Mason also won the slam-dunk contest.
Oklahoma was also 23 of 27 from the charity stripe for 85.2 percent.
Texas was just 9 of 36 from beyond the 3-point line for 25 percent. The Lone Star Staters hit 34 of 91 field goals for 37.4 percent.
Zach Simmons, a 6-9 product of Cedar Hill, took the Texas MVP award by collecting 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Oklahoma upped its series lead over Texas to 36-21.