Jul 22, 2014
In their final high school basketball game, the top seniors from the eastern part of the state could not come away with a win.
Jumping to a nine-point halftime lead and extending it in each quarter after, the West All-Stars came out on top of their counterparts from the East, taking the 98-86 win in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star men’s basketball game Monday night at Greensboro Coliseum.
Jeremy Harris of Page High scored a game-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting for the West on his way to winning the Most Valuable Player award.
Ricky Council II of Northern Durham led the East all-stars with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Deshawn High of Bunn had 15 and Dante Battle of Rocky Mount posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
“It was a big experience,” said Council. “I just went out there and played the best I could.”
Midway through the third quarter, the East’s T.J. Evans (Apex) split two free throws to pull his team within two points at 54-52, but James Tillman (Kings Mountain) converted a three-point play on the West’s next possession to maintain momentum.
High hit a three-pointer for the East later in the quarter to get the team close once again, but the West closed the period on a 7-0 run before extending the lead to double digits in the final ten minutes.
“They just pushed the ball up and got on the offensive glass a lot,” Council said. “They had a lot of guys who knew how to penetrate, so they got to the line a lot in that second and third quarter to extend the lead a little bit.”
The East was outrebounded 62-55 but shot 40.7% from the field to the West’s 38.9%. Both teams shot poorly from beyond the arc, as the East went 9-of-33 and the West was 7-of-33.
Thirty of the West's 62 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
“They got a bunch of loose balls that we just didn't get,” said Jake Wilson of Millbrook, a late addition to the East team. “They got on a run and all of a sudden we’re down ten and the gap got bigger and bigger.”
Wilson, a 7-foot center, used his size advantage in the post to score eight points and pull down seven rebounds. Carlee Clemons, Wilson’s Millbrook teammate and another late addition to the roster, also scored eight, as did Kinston’s Andrew Lopez.
Cameron Gottfried of Broughton also played for the East, shooting 1-of-8 from the field, scoring three points and adding three rebounds and three steals.
Evans, who struggled from the field and finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists, was playing somewhat out of position as he spent most of his time at point guard. The 6-foot-1 sharpshooter played mostly at shooting guard during his time at Apex.
“I’m trying to make that transition in college, so this was a good learning experience for me,” said Evans. “I’m used to getting the ball and not giving it, so it was rough, but it was a humbling experience and I’m ready to get back in the gym.”
The East was coached by Michael Baker of Fairmont. Scott McInnes of Millbrook was the team’s assistant coach. Aubrey Holifield (Shelby) and Lee Reavis (Northwest Guilford) coached the West.
Tillman scored 16 points and finished with nine rebounds for the West, which outscored the East in the paint, 52-44. Brandon Watts (Weddington) finished with 14 points. Nick Powell (Northwest Guilford), Todd Withers (Northeast Guilford) and Raekwon Miller (McDowell) scored nine apiece.
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