SHAWNEE — It took six hours for Rhett Radcliff from his hometown of Forgan to play in the 47th annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl Saturday night.
Some of the players on the Texas all-star team had to travel only half the distance to get to Shawnee.
A six-hour car ride might sound drastic to some, simply to take part in an all-star game. For Radcliff and his family, it was just another basketball trip, the type of journey they've been making for years.
“From Forgan, it's a long way to do anything,” Radcliff said with a laugh.
The trip for the Faith 7 Bowl came to a frustrating end, with Radcliff and the Oklahoma all-stars coming out on the bad end of a 107-80 defeat to the Texas team.
Edmond Memorial's James Woodard, a Tulsa signee, was named Oklahoma's MVP with 13 points, while Haworth's Quinton Threadgill and Tulsa Washington's Phabian Glasco had 12 apiece.
But it wasn't enough to match the powerful Texas squad, which got 24 points from Wannah Bail of Lamar Consolidated. Oklahoma signee Je'Lon Hornbeak was Texas' MVP with 12 points and seven assists, while future Oklahoma State guard Philip Forte scored 17 points.
Radcliff contributed four points, three rebounds and an assist for Oklahoma, a respectable showing for the two-time Class B state champion.
Forgan is a town of fewer than 600 people located halfway between Beaver and the Kansas border in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Radcliff and twin brother Ryan accounted for half of the boys in the school's recent graduating class.
“We don't have any restaurants in our town,” Rhett said. “We only have one convenience store, and it closes at 9 every night.”
With two older sisters who also competed in athletics, the whole family has made a hobby out of road trips over the last decade or more — so much that they don't even care to estimate how many hours they've spent in vehicles heading to basketball games and track meets.
“Too much, that's all I know,” said Ryan, who played for the Class B team in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association all-star games earlier in the day at OBU.
“A six-hour trip is not a huge deal. To some people, it's the end of the world. Some people will be griping about a 20-mile trip.”
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