While it was supposed to be his chance at redemption, El Reno High School alum Dyson Plumley’s return to Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center had a better outcome than in March.
Playing in the 2019 Oklahoma Coaches Association's Large School All-State Basketball Game, Plumley put up a double-digit performance to help the West to a 109-89 victory over the East.
“We had one practice in there (Mabee Center) before the game and when I walked in there it brought back some crazy memories of the Tulsa Memorial game. Other than that it was great to be back there,” said Plumley.
In March, Plumley watched as Memorial’s Kalib Boone hit a layup with 2.1 seconds left to give the Chargers a 55-54 win over El Reno in the Class 5A state semifinal game at the Mabee Center.
Despite playing alongside both Boone and his twin brother, Keylan for Team Oklahoma in the famed Faith 7 Bowl, Plumley said he was looking forward to facing off against the Boone brothers in the All-State game.
The brothers were selected for the East All-State Team, however, they were removed the morning of the game due to a conflict with an OCA rule governing where All-State athletes are housed.
The association requires All-State athletes to stay in dorms on the ORU campus to be eligible to participate.
The Boone twins, who have signed to play at Oklahoma State University, were unable to stay in the dorms the night before the game due to obligations in Stillwater.
OCA Executive Director Milt Bassett told an Oklahoma City media outlet that the association pays a $20,000 insurance fee a year to cover the kids staying in the dorms and it could not cover athletes driving back and forth.
It was reported that the Boone brothers wanted to check in and then practice, drive back to Stillwater and then return for the game. Since that went against OCA rules, they were replaced on the East roster.
“It would have been nice for them to be there but it was also nice to beat the East by 20. Even if they would have been there, I think we would have won the game by 20 points. We had a good West team and we came out shooting well from the start,” said Plumley.
Plumley was one of three players in double digits for the West with 21 points. He was the second leading scorer on the squad behind 23 points from Norman North standout Shemar Smith. The West squad had 10 different players score.
“That was my best All-Star game this summer and it was good to go up there and get a victory for once. I have never won a game there (Mabee) and my first one came in my final game of my high school career,” said Plumley.
Plumley said he knew he was going to have a good night shooting from his first basket.
“I was feeling it from the start and we had an out-of-bounds play to me that was supposed to be a dunk. It ended up being a reverse that went in. After that shot I was really feeling it and just went with it,” said Plumley.
Plumley said he feels he would have had the same type of game even if the Boone twins were playing.
“I was not worried about if they were there or not. I feel I would have had the same type of game no matter what. It was my last high school game and I wanted to show out one more time,” said Plumley.
Plumley thinks he had a double-double if not better.
“I was pulling down a bunch of rebounds so I’m sure I had a double-double. I had a lot of assists as well so I may have even had a triple-double,” said Plumley.
Plumley reports to Murray State on Aug. 7 and feels he’s accomplished just about everything he wanted in high school.
“I've done it all other than a state championship. I got to play in the biggest game in Oklahoma, the Faith 7 Bowl, and got to play in the All-State game so I think I’ve done a good job.
“I still wish we could have got that gold ball. It was right there and just too tough to get it,” said Plumley.
Plumley becomes the fourth straight El Reno player named to the All-State team and the eighth since 2010. He is the 29th El Reno player to earn the OCA honor since 1946.