Oklahoma wins the Faith 7 game


The Red Wig
Nov 2, 2008
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Congrats to Kyle and the boys! :clap

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Oklahoma wins Faith 7 basketball game
Faith 7: Oklahoma 91, Texas 86 OSU signees lead Texans
Published: June 7, 2009

SHAWNEE ? In last year’s Faith 7 game, Oklahoma fans got a good look at their future in watching Team Texas.
Saturday night in the 44th annual game at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex, it was Oklahoma State supporters who got a good look at what to expect.

Both times, though, it was Oklahoma who came out with the win.

This time around, Oklahoma jumped out to a big lead early, then held on as Texas charged back, winning 91-86.

Last year, it was OU signee Willie Warren of North Crowley, Texas, who put on the show, setting a Faith 7 scoring record with 41 points. Oklahoma State signee Keiton Page scored 37 to set an Oklahoma scoring record in the event.

Saturday night, the sides were reversed, with Texas featuring the Oklahoma State signees ? Reger Dowell and Roger Franklin of Duncanville ? and Oklahoma featuring the game’s only OU signee ? Putnam City’s Kyle Hardrick.

Oklahoma jumped up by as many as 14 points in the second quarter before the Duncanville duo went on their own personal run, hitting back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers, the first two by Franklin, to cut the deficit to as little as one before half.

Franklin and Dowell each wound up scoring a game-high 23 points.

"We just wanted to come out here and have fun and play our first game in Oklahoma and show these fans what we’re all about,” Franklin said.

Franklin hit four first-half 3-pointers, then scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Texas tied the game but could never retake the lead.

"We’re just now figuring out Oklahoma doesn’t just produce football players,” Franklin said.

For Oklahoma, it was a balanced scoring effort with Red Oak’s Lane Adams leading the way with 18, Carl Albert’s Harrison Dupont adding 17 and Guthrie’s Donte’ Foster 16. Four other players scored at least seven.

"We couldn’t find a rhythm early and by the time we could, it just wasn’t enough,” Dowell said.

Franklin has the best chance to contribute quickly for the Cowboys, but Dowell said he was also ready to help Oklahoma State.

"That’s the reason we’re coming to Stillwater,” Dowell said. "The system fits us perfectly.”

Hardrick and Star Spencer’s Josh Davis had seven rebounds each as Oklahoma outrebounded Texas 53-34. Foster had four steals.
It's unbelievable that Donte Foster is walking on at OSU and not getting a mid major offer. The kid is a real sound player. I know he is going under the presumption that Gundy will give him a football scholarship, but I wouldn't take that at face value. ORU and Tulsa screwed up bigtime. The kid is a great student.
Did Kyle play? He wasn't listed in the boxscore.
(this is the Shawnee paper's story; the DOK's said that Hardrick led Oklahoma in rebounding....)

By Brian King
SNS Staff
Posted Jun 06, 2009 @ 11:25 PM

SHAWNEE, Okla. — Defense usually isn’t a high priority in all-star basketball games, including the Faith 7.

In 20 of the last 22 games, the winning team has scored more than a hundred points. The losing team was in triple digits in 13 of those contests.

But “D” was a big part of Saturday night’s shootout between recent graduates of Oklahoma and Texas high schools. The Oklahoma group held on in the final minute for a 91-86 win at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex.

“I feel like I played a lot of defense,” Oklahoma player Donte Foster said. “It’s an important part of the game and defense leads to offense.”

Foster is a familiar Suburban Conference foe for Shawnee High School fans. The 6-2 guard just finished at Class 5A Guthrie, where he was a first-team All-State selection and led the Blue Jays to the 2008 and 2009 state titles.
In the Faith 7, Foster scored 16 points and had three assists and three rebounds. Foster was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Three Oklahoma players were double-digit scorers Saturday night. Harrison Dupont of Carl Albert (another Suburban conference participant) had 17 points. But the top Oklahoma scorer was from a Class B team.

Lane Adams of Red Oak, a 6-4 guard who averaged 32 points a game as the Eagles claimed the Class B championship, led Oklahoma with 18 points and was named the team’s most valuable player.

“It was great. Good competition,” Adams said. “There were some great players out there, so this was a lot of fun.”

Adams had some big small-school shoes to fill. Last year, before he put on an Oklahoma State jersey, Keiton Page from Class 2A Pawnee had 37 points in Oklahoma’s 121-101 win over Texas. The top scorer in that game with 41 (the Faith 7 record) was North Crowley, Texas High School product Willie Warren, who now plays for Jeff Capel’s Sooners in Norman.

In 2007, the MVP for the Oklahoma side was Blake Griffin, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

This year’s square-off had Oklahoma in the lead most of the way. The Texas all-stars had the lead only once at 8-5 early in the first quarter, but put together a few rallies to get ties at 46 and 79.

With 7:06 remaining in the second quarter, the Oklahomans had their biggest lead at 35-21. But the Texans responded with a 13-1 run over the next 2:44. The surge was punctuated by a pair of 3-pointers from Roger Franklin and one by Reger Dowell II. Dowell finished as Texas’ MVP with 23 points. Franklin also ended with 23.

The run was stopped with Adams’ first trey 4:01 before halftime. He made his second 3-pointer just over three minutes later.

“Making those buckets were big for us,” Adams said. “They were the first good looks I had and they helped get us back in the game.”

Oklahoma went to the locker room with a 44-40 lead. The players from the North side of the Red River extended their advantage to 69-62 at the end of the third quarter.

In the game’s final minute, Oklahoma was nursing an 84-79 lead. Dowell made a bucket that cut Texas’ deficit to three points. Then, Dupont made two plays that clinched it for the Okies.

Dupont made aggressive moves to the basket and forced the shots in while being fouled with :33 and :18 left on the clock. He made the free throws to convert both traditional 3-point plays.

Oklahoma’s tough defense contributed to shooting problems for the Texans, who made just 35.5 percent of their shots (11-of-31) in the first half and finished with a 41.9 percent (26-62) effort.

Texas also emphasized defense, especially in the second half. In the first 20 minutes, Oklahoma was shooting 51.5 percent (17 of 33), but finished with a modest 45.2 percent (33-73).

Texas made 27 of 44 free throws attempts while the Oklahomans were 17 of 23 from the line.

The 44th Annual Faith 7 Bowl benefitted the Faith 7 Activity Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides on-the-job training and life skills to the developmentally disabled in the Shawnee area.
I scored more than Kyle did in the Faith 7 game.

Kyle is a good kid but he scored the same thing against us in the state tourney.
Terrell Harris had 2 points a few years ago in the Faith 7 game and he was a pretty good player in the Big 12. And he was benched the last part of that game because he looked like crap.

I heard a scout one time say that he hardly ever downgraded a player because of an All-Star game. He would only move players up from performance and not down in that type of a game because of it is an All-Star game and not a "real" game.

He looks like a role player but you never know. Every team needs a couple of those kind of guys.