9th Grade All-Star Game:
East 107, West 93By Dave Keefer
The 2011 edition of the Phenom 150 Camp concluded with two all-star games at Alliant University on Sunday. Approximately 240 players from the classes of 2014 and 2015 attended the three-day camp and took part in several drills and games during the weekend. The players came from throughout the country to display their talents and to find out how they stacked up against their peers.
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Two 10-man teams were selected for each all-star team and we'll have reports on both games. In this report we present the 9th grade all-star game, won by the East squad, 107-93, over the West squad. The game consisted of four 10-minute quarters plus two additional 5-minute periods. No foul shots were taken; players fouled in the act of shooting were awarded two points (three if the shot was made).
Game MVP Jaylyn Juan (Tucson AZ/Dream Vision) led the way for the East with 25 points but had a lot of help from Kendall Small (Ocean View HS/Dream Vision), Matthew McQuaid (Team Texas Elite), Lamonta Stone (All Ohio Red), Austin Grandstaff (Team Texas), and Nicholas Pete (Moreno Valley), as the East team broke open a tight game with a late 22-7 run.
Juan started the pivotal run with a layin to tie game at 73-73, then gave the East the lead for good after a driving hoop made it 75-73 to end the fourth 10-minute frame. The run continued in the next period when Small made a nice feed to Pete for a score, then Kamau Perry (Georgia Bulls) got a steal and layup and the lead was up to six, 79-73.
Small kept it going with another score, then fed Perry on an inbounds play that resulted in a three-point play and a double digit lead, 84-73. The West fought back, as Mo Lawal (MN/Get Shook) sank a three-pointer to cut the deficit to eight, 86-78, and the West added another score to make it 86-80.
But that was as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Small scored on a jumper to jump start another East spurt and McQuaid sealed the win with a three-pointer and a deuce to make it 95-80 a little later. A long three-pointer by Kai Locksley (NM/Danny Granger Hurricanes) at the first 5-minute period buzzer made it 97-85 and gave the West some hope, but Stone answered that to open the final 5-minute period with his own three-pointer to put the East in front 100-85 and they coasted from there.
After the lead went back and forth early in the game, the West eventually worked for a 22-17 lead. But the East put together a powerful 19-2 run to seemingly take charge, 36-24. But behind Perry Dozier Jr (SC/Columbia Slammers) and Elijah Thomas (Team Texas), the East came roaring back. They tied the game, 40-40, after a three-point play by Thomas culminated a 16-4 run of their own.
The East regained the lead on drive by McQuaid but the lead changed hands five more times before the East pulled away for good. Throughout this long segment of the game, Thomas was really asserting himself in the paint for the West, Dozier picked up the scoring also, 6-foot Matthew Powell (NC/Charlotte Blazers) was intense on defense, getting several blocks for the East, Juan was in the middle of all the action, and Grandstaff contributed several nice assists for the East.
The point totals per the scoresheet at the scorer's table missed a few points so the recorded totals are understated. Other than Juan's 25 points, three other East players were listed in double figures: Small with 18, and Stone and McQuaid notched 15 each. Thomas and Dozier (Tourney MVP) powered the West with 23 and 17 respectively, while Lawal added 12.
Next, we'll have the 10th grade all-star game report.
Unofficial Scoring TotalsWest (93):
20-Elijah Thomas 23
14-Kelly Hogan 4
11-Tyler Williams 7
8-Joshua Holliday 3
4-Jordan Roberson 3
10-Kai Locksley 7
9-Perry Dozier Jr. 17
5-Mo Lawal 12
1-Spencer Wilson 3
3-Ivy Smith Jr. 4
10 points unaccounted for
17-Nicholas Pete 8
16-Jaylyn Juan 25
9-Jacob Forte 0
11-TJ Keys 2
10-Matthew Powell 2
12-Matthew McQuaid 15
15-Austin Grandstaff 9
8-Kendall Small 18
7-Kamau Perry 7
2-Lamonta Stone 15
6 points unaccounted for