North Sweeps South Basketball at All-Star Sports Week

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

MONTGOMERY, AL -- The North Boys All-Star basketball team used a balanced attack with five players in double figures en route to a 96-70 win over the South to complete a sweep North-South All-Star series Wednesday night at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University. The North girls won 84-36.

The North improved to 45-25 in the series that dates back to 1953.

Lewis Sullivan, a 6-foot-7 forward at Hazel Green, scored 22 points on a 7-of-9 shooting performance and added nine rebounds to earn North MVP. He was 3-of-3 on 3-point goals.

Wenonah guard Justin Coleman added 15 points and four assists, Athens’ Nathaniel Potts added 15 points including three treys. The North was 10-of-24 from the 3-point line.

Jordon Gandy of East Limestone and Riley Norris of Albertville also had 10 points each. Isaac Haas, the first 7-footer to play in the All-Star series since its return in 1997, had four points, two blocked shots and five rebounds.

Demetrius Houston of Carver-Montgomery was South MVP with 10 points and two steals. Carver teammate Brandon Murphy added 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and Devin Pugh of Central-Phenix City also had 10 points.

North coaches were Rodney Chatman of Center Point and Heath Burns of Parrish. Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County was administrative coach. South coaches were Jeffrey Pope of Blount and Mark Dukes of Wilcox-Central. Nigel Card of St. James was administrative coach.

North Girls - 84 South Girls - 36

Sylacauga High School’s Shakayla Thomas scored 13 points in the second half to finish with a game-high 19 as the North beat the South 84-36 in the North-South Girls All-Star basketball game Wednesday night at Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University.

The North improved to 15-2 in the series with the victory.

Thomas was 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 at the foul line. She also had five rebounds to earn North team MVP honors. Alexis Jennings of Sparkman chipped in 10 points and three steals. Destiney Elliott of Oneonta added eight points and a game-high seven rebounds and Morgan William of Shades Valley had nine points and four assists. Leah Strain of Woodland was 2-of-2 on 3-point goals for six points and handed out three assists.

South MVP Kamerian Williams of Opelika had 10 points and a team-high four rebounds.

Keyuana Thompson of Carver-Montgmery and Whytney Singleton of Blount had four points each.

The North, which out-rebounded the South 44-26 and shot 50.9 percent from the floor for the game, was coached by Amber Deline of Oneonta and Jason Shields of Hokes Bluff. Administrative coach was Brant Llewellyn of Lauderdale County. South coaches were Ashley Kilcrease of Brantley and Yvonne Simmons of Carver-Montgomery. Nigel Card of St. James served as administrative coach.

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