Thursday, March 30, 2006
scores 13 in Mississippi’s win
By BARRY BURLESON
Clevin Hannah, who helped lead Mississippi to victory Friday night in the all-star game against Alabama, has also been named first team all-state by The Clarion Ledger.
Hannah was one of five Mississippi stars scoring in double digits as the team knocked off Alabama 94-87 in the annual all-star contest played at the Pelham, Ala., Civic Complex.
Chris Leggett of Meridian led the way with 16, while Moss Point’s David Booker scored 14. Hannah and Forest Hill guard Kevin Sims had 13 each, and Pascagoula’s LeKendric Longmire added 10. Mississippi’s win evened the series at 8-8.
Mississippi also won the girls’ matchup, beating Alabama 89-80.
It was the Magnolia State’s first sweep in the boys/girls doubleheader since 2003.
Hannah, a 5’11” guard, is also featured on the all-state team, selected by the daily newspaper based in Jackson.
“A flashy guard with the talent to score or distribute,” states the article in Sunday’s edition.
Hannah scored a career-high 37 points in both the semi-finals and finals of the North 3A playoffs this year. The Hawks fell one win short of a three-peat as state champs.
“Clevin can do it all,” coach Naylond Hayes said. “No one man hold him. All of his teammates respect him.”
Hannah averaged 19.2 points, 8.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.
Forward Ravern Johnson of Coahoma County was named the state’s Mr. Basketball. Also on the first team are forward David Booker of West Point, guard R.L. Horton of Lanier, guard Kevin Sims of Forest Hill.
Ayers honorable mention
Another Holly Springs senior, 6-4 Brandon Ayers, was selected to honorable mention all-state. Ayers was the most valuable player in last year’s Mississippi North/South All-Star Game.
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