Faith 7 Game 2008

SHAWNEE – As many expected, Oklahoma prep scoring standouts Rotnei Clarke and Keiton Page put on a show Saturday night in the Annual Faith 7 All Star Shootout at Oklahoma Baptist University.

The high-scoring duo proved just enough to hold off Texas, 121-101, and another future Oklahoma collegiate star who shattered scoring records in the process.

While Clarke and Page established virtually every high school scoring record in Oklahoma, it was future Oklahoma Sooner Willie Warren that stole the show in the Faith 7 extravaganza with a record 41 points for the Texas squad, slashing his way to 14 of 26 shooting from the field and nine of 16 at the charity stripe.

The problem for the Texans was they only had one stud to offset the Oklahoma one-two punch of Clarke and Page.

Oklahoma set the tone early by racing to a 30-17 lead after one stanza before watching the Texans trim that margin to 60-55 at the halftime break. Another 31-17 flurry by the Sooner State to start the second half put the game on ice.

Page set a new Oklahoma Faith 7 scoring record with 37 points, hitting 11 of 19 from the field, including four treys, along with 11 of 13 at the charity stripe.

Clarke wasn’t too shabby either, totaling 29 points as he hit nine of 22 from the field, including four three-pointers, while tossing in seven of eight at the line.

While Page and Clarke were sparking the attack on the perimeter, it was solid contributions inside that made the biggest difference as despite being outsized, the Sooners outrebounded the Texans by a 61-54 margin. Midwest City’s Chuck Sanders and Tulsa Memorial’s Blaise Staab pulled down nine of those apiece while Mark Rutledge contributed eight rebounds and Robert Crawford had seven.

With most of the statistical categories fairly even, it was the three-point shooting of the Okies that made the biggest difference, hitting 11 treys to just five for the visitors.

Texas     17 38 17 29 – 101
Oklahoma  30 30 31 30 – 121

Oklahoma scoring Keiton Page (Pawnee) 37, Rotnei Clarke (Verdigris) 29, Mark Rutledge (Tulsa Edison) 10, Blaise Staab (Tulsa Memorial) 10, Ken Holdman (East Central) 8, Chuck Sanders (Midwest City) 8, Robert Crawford (Victory Christian) 6, James Watson (Stringtown) 6, Ricky Hill (Douglass) 4, Vince Boncaldo (Jenks) 3

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