Sooners’ legend Clifford Ray started for his team in the Oklahoma Legends Game and had plenty of laughs. Once halftime rolled over, the game lost its comedy and the tight score led the remaining players to once again relive their past glories – the ones of competition, though.
For the second year in a row, Epi Ere scored a game-high total and led the Crimson team to a 99-96 come-from-behind victory.
“It was really fun,” said Ere, who estimated the competitive switch coming in around the eight-minute mark. “These old guys out here, they’re hilarious. Once it’s time to set it on, we set it on, and we get to compete.”
However, one older player was still out on the court until the final whistle. Brent Price, who played for the Sooners from 1990-92 and in the NBA for more than a decade, knocked down a couple three-pointers early and found himself among players 10 years his junior as the final possessions played out in the close contest.
“It gets a little younger as the game progresses,” said Price, who played for the Cream team. “I don’t know why I was out there. I played way more minutes than I intended too. … We all still have that player in us that doesn’t like to lose. I’m still upset that we lost by three.”
Price said that he was open on the game-deciding possession and wanted a last chance to win the game, but the pass didn’t find him. Price finished with 15 points – all from behind the arc. Ere scored a game-high 23 points, and Aaron McGhee scored 15 for the Crimson squad.
Jozsef Scendrei – or YoYo – finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds from the Cream team.
“YoYo plays hard no matter what,” said Ere, who is currently playing in Italy. “That’s his identity.”
Ere spent the entire weekend in Norman, just like last year, and is still waiting for his call back to Italy. He said his favorite part of this year’s trip was playing a pick-up game with the current roster. He said he went hard with high-scoring guard Buddy Hield.
“I got the best of him,” Ere said with a laugh.
Hield’s opinion was probably different.
“You can go ask him,” Ere said to even more laughter.
Here are each team’s roster for the game:
Bill Dutcher; Robert Wooten; Clifford Ray; Shawn Clark; David Little; Chuck Watson; Tim McCallister; Stacey King; Ricky Grave; Skeeter Henry; Kermit Holmes; Chris Black; Aaron McGhee; Ebi Ere; Mike Neal; Barry Honore; C.J. Washington; Sam Grooms; Tyler Neal
Bob Campbell; Dean Blevins; Clifford Johnson; Al Beal; Raymond Whitley; Chucky Barnett; David Johnson; Choo Kennedy; Brent Price; Bryatt Vann; Chris Giles; Reggie Bass; Corey Brewer; Hollis Price;; Quannas White; Tony Crocker; Cade Davis; Beau Gerber; T.J. Franklin
Four-star prospect Shake Milton, who listed Oklahoma as one of his top two schools, sat court side during the game with his family.
Milton sat at the end of a row of current Sooners' players.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger and athletics director Joe Castiglione both came over to sit and speak with Milton and his family.