The Oklahoma Sooners opened up their European tour with a 101-81 win over the Ghent Hawks, a semi-professional team from Ghent Belgium. With four games left on the tour, expectations have been raised for a couple of the newcomers.
Jordan [Woodard] did a good job pushing the ball out of the backcourt, finding open people. Ryan [Spangler] was very active like we expect him to be. He was on the boards, knocked down a couple 3's. - Lon Kruger via SoonerSports
In the past, scoring from the point guard position has been a slight concern. With freshman, Jordan Woodard taking over the reigns, it is a comfort knowing that he scored 20 points with only 2 turnovers to 8 assists in his debut as a Sooner. Cameron Clark, a senior, added 20 of his own with 15 of those coming in the second half. Another player of interest, Ryan Spangler showcased his drive and physicality recording a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds).
FIBA rules state that a 24-second shot clock is to be used, a change the Sooners adjusted to well as evidenced by the score. However, the benefit for Oklahoma is that it allows for more reps in the offense, something OU needs with as many youngsters and newcomers as they possess.
"I think we played alright. There are definitely a lot of things we need to work on. But we have a long way until the season starts and that's why we're here -- to get better."- Ryan Spangler
The Sooners will play again Friday night versus Waragem. Until then here is a full box score.