East Texans helped the Lone Star State win the 54th Annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl on Saturday at the Noble Complex on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

John Tyler coach Cedeno Clark served as head coach of the Texas team, which scored a 102-95 win over the Oklahoma squad, the Texans’ first win in the series since 2015.

Kevin Walker of Tyler Lee served as Clark’s assistant coach.

John Tyler’s Darry Moore, Tyler Lee’s Devin Johnson and Lindale’s Cody Collinsworth played on the Texas squad.

Collinsworth, the 7-footer who has signed with the University of Portland, had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He added two blocks and a steal. He hit 7 of 8 from the floor.

Moore and Johnson each scored four points for the Texans with Moore grabbing three rebounds and Johnson adding two boards. Moore, who will play for Trinity Valley Community College, added a block and an assist with Johnson, who will play for Centenary College, adding an assist and a steal.

“It was a great game,” Clark said. “Texas hadn’t won it in a few years — so I’m proud. The kids played extremely well together.”

DeSoto’s Jarious Hicklen, a 6-3 guard who has signed with Oklahoma Baptist, got familiar with his future home court by hitting for 27 points and grabbing eight boards.

Crowley’s Ronnie Sanders, who has signed to play football for New Mexico State as a cornerback, added 26 points and seven rebounds. He had two steals and two assists while hitting on 12 of 14 free throw attempts.

Others scoring for Texas were Commerce’s Dodge Brown (5), Decatur’s Ethan Southard (8) and Wichita Falls Rider’s Ben Moffat (12). Moffat had eight boards with Brown adding six. Southard has five rebounds.

Brown has signed with Southern Arkansas University and Moffat will play at Rice University.

Six Oklahoma players scored in double figures with Tulsa Memorial’s Kailb Boone, who has signed with Oklahoma State, garnering a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. His twin brother, Keylan, who had 12 points, has also inked with OSU.

Others in double figures were Shemar Smith (16), Julian Smith (13), JD Day (13) and Seth Hurd (10). Shemar Smith, of Norman North, has signed with the University of Central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma leads the series, 37-22.

In the third annual girls game, Oklahoma scored an 84-82 overtime win over the Texans. The Sooner State leads 2-1 after Texas won last year.

Shawnee’s Lauren Fields, who has signed with California, led her team with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Dallas Lincoln’s Diamond Sweats, who has signed with Weatherford College, led the Texas team with 23 points. Adryana Quezada, of Frisco Lone Star and who will play at UT San Antonio, had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

The Faith 7 Bowl is a matchup of some of the best high school basketball players from Oklahoma and Texas. It is a longstanding tradition in the community of Shawnee. The proceeds raised are used to send community members to the Special Olympics as well as provide funds for other training opportunities that allow our members to become more productive citizens through community employment.

Faith 7 Activity Center is a non-profit organization that was started in 1956 by a small group of parents wanting something better for their children with disabilities. The purpose of Faith 7 is to provide on-the-job training and life skills to the developmentally disabled in the Shawnee area.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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