Monday, April 21, 2014

Stars Shine at All-Star Saturday Event

Payton, Hunter, Cravaack, Hickman & Palmer were All Standouts
On Saturday, the 16th edition of the annual All-Star Saturday event tipped off at the Bruce Howard Recreation Center in Columbus. The weather was perfect for the Easter egg hunt that preceded the 5 all-star games, and the talent for the middle school and high school games was top notch. Although the event has traditionally been more of a local event, for the second straight year players from other areas of the state participated in the event.

The middle school game was very competitive and was won by the West squad who defeated the East 69-62. The leading scorer in the game was Isaiah “Sleepy” Payton who shot his way to a game-high 15 points and MVP honors. Right behind him in scoring for the West was Thomas Hickman (10), Trey Bumgardner (10), Garrett Tipton (9) and Isaiah Spellman (9). The East squad was led in scoring by Jack Cravaack who scored a team-high 13 points, followed by Deondre Palmer (11) and Seth Goodson (8). Jerome Hunter only scored 6 points, but 2 of those points came on a break away dunk over an opponent that got the standing room only crowd on their feet. It was a big time play that established Hunter as a serious prospect going forward.

Dymiere Finch-Poses with Chris & Richard Crockett & MVP Trophy
The boys high school game was another vey competitive contest as many of central Ohio’s top seniors took the floor.  Although the East led for most of the game, by the time the horn sounded the West squad was ahead of the East 90-79. Dymiere Finch’s (Walnut Ridge) game-high 22 points was the high, and was good enough to garner him the MVP trophy. Charles Holland (East) added another 19 points in the win, while South’s Chris Byrd paced the East with 12 points. Behind him in scoring were Gahanna’s Manny Powell and Mario Davidson (Mansfield Senior) both of whom finished with 11 points apiece. In the first-ever girls high school game a Sierra Harley led West squad defeated the East team 35-30. Harley led all scorers with 17 points.

Sierra Harley Grabs MVP Hardware
All in all it was a great day of basketball, and the many fans in attendance seemed to really enjoy themselves. Congratulations to Richard Crockett, Capital Transportation and his many volunteers for sponsoring a fantastic event!

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