DEL CITY — Jordan Gilbert and Jasauen Beard have been friends for a long time.
They do lots of things together, from playing AAU basketball to even committing and signing at Oral Roberts.
They finally got their chance to play on a high school court together Thursday night, combining to score 37 points in East’s 90-71 victory over West in the Big All-City girls basketball game at John Smith Fieldhouse.
Beard, a standout at Midwest City, led the way with 21 points. He added 10 rebounds and three steals.
Gilbert, who starred at nearby Carl Albert, scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“I’ve been playing for Jordy since middle school,” Beard said. “We’re looking forward to playing together the next four years.”
The East started three Division I players, including Beard and Gilbert. Norman standout Taylor Ely recently signed with Colorado State and finished with five points.
She also has familiarity with Beard and Gilbert, having been on the same AAU team.
“It’s good to get back on the court on the same team, instead of against each other,” Ely said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The West was led by Edmond Santa Fe’s Tamara Lee, who was The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year. She scored 17 points and also won the 3-point contest at halftime.
But the show belonged to the ORU duo. They were anxious to show what they can do at the next level, and that resulted in a blowout that started from the beginning of the game.
“If we’re going to make it in college, we’re going to have to get stronger,” Gilbert said. “So we’re going to build together.”
East 101, West 96
Braydon Powell may not have won the dunk contest at halftime of the boys Big All-City game, but he won the battle.
The Moore star finished with a game-high 32 points, mostly on dunks, to lead the East to a narrow victory.
“My goal was to go out with a bang,” Powell said. “We just ran. That’s my game, speed. We just had fun.”
Clinging to a 93-91 lead late in the fourth, Powell delivered a reverse dunk and then dunked on the following possession to put East up 97-91.
Powell has signed with Mississippi Valley State, a program that plays to his strength with an up-tempo offense that could lead to lots of dunks.
“We’re built for that,” Powell said. “The coaches are training me for that situation. It was all about fun out here. When it’s time to win, it’s time to win. We rallied together and did what we needed to do.”
The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Player of the Year, Omega Harris of Putnam West, led West with 23 points, 17 of which came in the second half. He also won the dunk contest.
Midwest City’s Cedric Fair added 18 points for East, while Piedmont’s Cameron Peters scored 16 for West.