SHAWNEE – It had been three months to the day since El Reno High School graduate Dyson Plumley had been in a game with Tulsa Memorial brothers Kalib and Keylan Boone.
While the first time ended with Kalib Boone scoring a game-winning basket over Plumley in the Class 5A state semifinals, this time the trio found themselves all wearing the same jersey – Team Oklahoma.
The trio was part of the 10-man roster for the prestigious Faith 7 Bowl, played at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Noble Complex. Team Oklahoma was pitted against the top players from Texas, which made the trip north of the Red River with a roster of eight.
“It was a little weird playing on the same team with them (Boone brothers) but we had a day or so of practices and I got to know them so there was no hard feelings between us,” said Plumley.
Though no hard feelings, both Plumley and the Boones walked off the court on the short end of a 102-95 score as Texas ended Oklahoma’s three-year winning streak in the event which dates back to 1966.
“I don’t know what happened. I think some of the guys on our team were thinking it was a normal All-Star game and didn’t take it serious. I know I was taking it serious and I was doing my best to try and help us win, especially on the defensive end,” said Plumley.
Oklahoma led 77-74 after three periods but Texas rallied with a 28-point effort over the final 10 minutes. Crowley High School’s Ronnie Sanders led the Texas comeback with 18 points in the final stanza.
Texas got its first win since back-to-back victories in 2014-15, but Oklahoma still leads the overall series by a 37-22 margin. The series has been a one-game effort for 31 of the 54 years, however, from 1977 to 1981 there were two games each year.
Plumley and the Boone brothers were the only Class 5A players named to the Oklahoma roster. Plumley is believed to be the first El Reno player picked since Nick Allison scored four points in the 1996 Faith 7 Game. Robert Allison played in the 1993 game scoring a free throw.
Leonard Flowers also played in 1985.
“It’s a big thing in Oklahoma and this is a big game. To know you are one of the best 10 players in the whole state is a huge honor,” said Plumley.
Plumley played five minutes in each period and had his most productive effort in the third with two assists, two steals, two offensive rebounds and one on defense. However, he missed four shots in the frame, two on one possession.
“I had not been in the gym much. I’ve been lifting weights trying to get bigger and I had not been shooting very much. I don’t know what happened with my shooting,” said Plumley.
In the first period he logged two assists, a steal and a defensive carom, but missed his only 3-point attempt off the front of the rim.
In the second period he hit the front end of a two-shot trip to the foul line to cut Texas’ lead to 48-42. With 2:49 left in the half he scored a chip shot off a lob pass under the basket to close the gap to 48-45.
Plumley’s basket was part of a 14-5 run for the home team during his time on the floor as Oklahoma led 53-50 at the break. He closed the second quarter with a defensive rebound, a block and a 1-for-3 effort from the floor.
Despite Oklahoma being outscored 52-42 over the final two periods, Plumley said he walked away with a positive experience.
“At the end of the game it’s still a game and I got to have a good time and it was a good experience win or lose,” said Plumley.
The Faith 7 Bowl was the first of three All-Star games for Plumley in the next month and a half. He’s set to play this weekend in the Oklahoma Native All-State Games at Bacone College in Muskogee along with Calumet’s Jayden Hicks – both representing the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
In July Plumley will play for the Large West squad in the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s All-State Games in Tulsa.