In the fairy tale, Jack slays the Giant. Well, if the Class A All-Stars were hoping for a storybook ending, they better stick with Dr. Seuss.
The Jan-Care Class AA boys defeated the C. Adam Toney A boys 94-90 in a closely battled contest.
“It’s always good to win,” AA coach Bill Bennett said. “It was fun. We got down early, but Brett Morris stepped up for us in the second half with a double-double. That was huge for us.”
Morris put up 24 points, 18 of which came in the second half. He was named MVP of the game.
“To be named the MVP is a great honor,” Morris said.
Morris wasn’t the only AA player making a difference. Robert C. Byrd’s Iziah Hill had 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
It was an unusual experience for the Class AA third-team all-stater.
“I wasn’t too worried about coming off the bench,” Hill said. “It was different for me, but I wasn’t too worried about it. Coach had a 5-minute rotation plan that worked.”
Worked, it did.
The Class AA All-Stars outscored the Class A All-Stars 37-9 off the bench.
It wasn’t all roses for the AA boys. They went into the half trailing 45-40, mostly thanks to Greater Beckley’s Keith Mullins’ 15 first-half points.
He was held to only two points in the second.
“It was tough, but I’m happy to be here,” Mullins said. “It’s such an honor to be chosen for the team, and it was great playing with all of these guys.”
Regardless of the loss, the single-A team showed it belonged on the court. All five starters — Mikey Newsome, Aaron Muncy, Austin Brewer, Josh Martin and Mullins — finished in double figures. The 6-foot-7 Martin led C. Adam Toney with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks.
“The single-A, they can play with anybody out there,” Morris said. “Their schools are small, but their game’s not. All of these guys can play.”
While Brett Morris may have come away with some hardware, he didn’t fulfill his promise of four dunks.
“I don’t know, man,” Morris said with a laugh. “They settled in and played some tough defense. It wasn’t your typical all-star game.”
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Between the A-AA and the AAA/national game, players from all four teams took place in a skills competition.
Princeton Tigers hotshot Ryan Meadows defeated Q.J. Peterson for the 3-point shootout championship.
Peterson wouldn’t leave without a trophy, however. The future star at Virginia Military Institute defeated future WVU Mountaineer Elijah Macon in the dunk contest.
The 6-foot Peterson dunked over 6-7 West Virginia Player of the Year Donté Grantham, with an assist from future Utah Ute Ahmad Fields for his final dunk.
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Jan-Care AA Boys
Travon Horton 5-15 1-4 11, Tyler Sprouse 5-9 2-2 15, Brett Morris 7-15 9-12 24, Brett Bowling 3-10 0-0 7, Josh Ganoe 0-4 0-0 0, Zach Null 0-2 2-2 2, Devante Waters 2-8 2-2 7, Iziah Hill 8-16 3-5 20, Shane Greco 1-4 0-2 2, Shaquille Washington 3-4 0-0 6.. Totals: 34-87 19-29 94.
C. Adam Toney A Boys
Mikey Newsome 5-15 1-4 13, Keith Mullins 4-13 5-5 17, Aaron Muncy 2-15 0-4 13, Austin Brewer 6-9 5-6 17, Josh Martin 8-16 5-6, 21. Jake Grimmett 1-6 0-0 3, Colby Ennis 1-2 0-1 3, Cody White 1-4 1-4 3. Totals: 28-90 27-37 90.
AA 40 54 — 94
A 45 45 — 90
3-point goals — AA: 7 (Sprouse 3, Morris, Bowling, Waters, Hill.); A: 7 (Newsome 2, Mullins 4, Grimett). Fouled out — None.