SHAWNEE – The 53rd edition of the Faith 7 Basketball Bowl will be played on Saturday, June 9th in the Noble Complex on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. Last year’s inaugural girls game was a thriller with Oklahoma edging Texas 90 – 87 in overtime. In the boys game, Oklahoma routed Texas 140 – 94, which was an all-time margin of victory. Each year, ten of the best girls and boys high school graduate basketball players from Oklahoma face off against ten of the best from Texas. The 53rd Faith 7 Bowl will honor these basketball players, many of whom are signing with Division I schools.

The inaugural girls game saw numerous lead changes in the game and kept fans excited through overtime. Bobby Canty, director of the Faith 7 Bowl, expressed his excitement over the game and hopes they continue to be as competitive. “There are so many talented female athletes in Oklahoma and Texas, and we are very excited to honor these players,” he said. “If the first game is any indication of what this rivalry will be like, I am looking forward to this yearly series.”

The Oklahoma roster includes players who will play their collegiate ball in state at OU, Oral Roberts, and Southern Nazarene. The Texas squad has a player bound for Oklahoma State.

The Oklahoma boys team includes in-state signings with Southern Nazarene, Cameron, University of Central Oklahoma, USAO, and Seminole State. The Texas squad includes players headed to SMU (2), Tulane, and Loyola-New Orleans. Each player from Oklahoma and Texas has been recognized as leaders on their team and named all-star players in their region.

The girls game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m. and the boys game tips at 3:30. A 3-point shooting contest will be held during the halftime of the girl’s game and a slam dunk contest will be held during the boy’s halftime. The MVPs from each state will be honored directly after their respective games. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and includes both games.

The players from Oklahoma include:

GIRLS TEAM: Erika Ankney, Harrah; Alison Brzozowski, Harrah; Claire Chastain, Dale, Kayci Glover, Fort Gibson; Kaylee Hurst, Woodward; Ravon Nero, Edmond Santa Fe; Jaeda Reed, Lawton Eisenhower; Ce’Nara Skanes, Putnam City West; Haylee Swayze, Purcell, and Aspen Willisten, Broken Bow.

COACHES: Head Coach -Chad Rumer, Kingston and Assistant Coach - Gary Chaffin, Pauls Valley

BOYS TEAM: Robert Briley, Wright City; Kori Guest, Tulsa Memorial; Stephon Hall, Mt. Saint Marys; RJ Fisher, Lawton Eisenhower; Adoikeye Iyaye, Putnam City North; Colt Savage, Charles Page (Sand Springs); Trent Smith, Latta; Dalton Vinson, Hennessey; David Ward, Tulsa Webster, and Morrison Wilson, OKC Classen.

COACHES: Head Coach – Lenny Hatchett, Del City and Assistant Coach Eric Norton, Merritt

Teams for Texas have not yet been finalized.