With three wins under their belt, the Oklahoma Sooners hoped to conclude the International Tour without conceding a contest. In the fourth bout, Lon Kruger prepared the squad to face the Cairns Taipans. Holding a narrow margin after one quarter, the Sooners soared to eclipse the 100-point mark for yet another win. Behind a 104-89 decision, Oklahoma heads home undefeated.
For the fourth time in four tries, freshman Trae Young led the Sooners in scored. Tallying up 24 points, the youngster proved not only capable of creating for himself but also for others. In addition to the point total, Young averaged seven assists and and three rebounds over 21.8 minutes played per outing. The sky does appear to be the limit for this kid moving forward.
Joining the effort, Christian James seems to have found a groove. After a disappointing sophomore campaign, the now junior has once again exceeded expectations. Shooting 100% from the floor on Sunday, James provided a reliable source of scoring while collecting 13 points. However, what’s more impressive is that James connected on 71% of his shots throughout the tour.
Often overlooked due to the players surrounding him, Brady Manek continues to shine. Bringing attention to himself with the versatility he possesses on the court, the freshman added 17 points of his own against Carnes.
Currently the major strength of the program appears to be rebounding. Crashing the boards anytime a shot is fired, the Sooners constantly won the rebounding battle. As we all know, in Kruger’s offense, rebounds spark the uptempo style of play in which the Sooners thrive. Now, as Oklahoma returns home, they’ll work on perfecting the game before November’s Exhibition contests.