East overpowers West in boys all-star basketball game
Posted July 17
Updated July 18
Greensboro, N.C. — The East All-Star defeated the West, 117-108, Monday evening at Greensboro Coliseum to claim victory in the 69th annual all-star game for the third-straight season.
Whiteville’s Tyrell Kirk and Northampton County’s Jaquan Miles led the East with 18 points apiece in the win.
Miles scored half of his points from beyond the arc, finishing 3-of-6 from the three-point line.
Kirk added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal to go along with his game-high 18 points, earning the former Whiteville standout MVP honors.
Alex Reed of Garner tallied a quiet 17 points and 10 rebounds, posting the lone double-double of the contest.
Apex's Eric Fox, who led the Cougars with 17.5 points per game last season, tallied seven points, two rebounds and one steal Monday night.
“All my coaches came from Apex, and a lot of people from Apex, so I was happy to represent Apex," Fox said. "It’s a great school, so being able to represent it was fun. Getting the win was fun too, because that’s the most important thing.”
Northwest Guilford’s Reggie Davis led all scorers Monday night with 24 points and also added six assists. Davis’ Northwest Guilford teammate Jalen Spicer added 15 points, long with Winston Salem Prep’s Ziare Williams.
The West held a seven-point advantage at halftime after shooting 52 percent from the field, but the East roared back with a 32-19 run in the third quarter to take an eight-point lead into the final frame.
Despite the counter punch, the West didn’t give up, knotting the score on three occasions in the fourth quarter.
Leesville’s Alex Hunter drained two big time free throws to give the East a 108-106 lead with 45 seconds to play. Hunter started at guard and finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 24 minutes of play.
North Surry’s Carter Phillips answered the next time down the court for the West, but it was back-to-back baskets by Northside’s Zach Hobbs and Miles in a 16 second span for the East that put the game out of reach.
Hunter fell short of winning a title with Leesville in the 4A championship game against Southwest Guilford, but the senior was pleased to finish his career with a win, even if the stakes weren't as high.
“It’s been a great experience playing with a lot of talented guys on both teams," Hunter said. "I’ve enjoyed it, and it’s great way to end my high school basketball career. We [Leesville] had a great run, but ending it like this is special.”