Thursday, March 13, 2008
North all-stars fall by two
By CLAUDE VINSON
In a game which turned into a high-scoring shootout last Friday in A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College, the North lost the contest despite a second half resurging attempt.
The Class AA-AAA all-stars from the north this season were coached by Craig Dailey, head coach of the north half champion Marshall Academy Patriots. He was assisted by Steven Makamson of Pillow Academy. Each coach had two players from their teams to shepherd in the all -star contest – Pete Shackelford and Bo Craig from Pillow and Nick Tate and Gene Alexin from Marshall.
The first half was a see-saw battle with the North battling back time and again to make it a five- point game favoring the South at intermission, 47-42.
The North fell behind nine points quickly in the second half but just as quickly moved it back to five. Then in one of their many surges in the second half, Nick Tate gave the North its first lead at the charity stripe.
But the South didn’t wilt. They surged ahead 65-52 with 13:21 left in the second half.
The South used a run-and- shoot offense to increase that lead to 19 points at one time. Joe Bernardo of Presbyterian Christian School was practically unstoppable in the paint.
But the intrepid North kept cutting into the South lead because of the play of Tate, Nathan Dye and Lance Jones. And it looked like the North was going to pull off a win, but time ran out and left the South the victory at 96-94.
Tate was one of the game’s scoring leaders with 18 points.
“Both Nick (Tate) and Gene (Alexin) had great seasons,” Coach Dailey said. “I am really proud of them.
“It was one of the best all-star games I’ve ever seen. Both teams had a lot of talent.”
The day prior to the game, the all-stars were presented with watches and certificates at a banquet in the MC banquet hall. The presentations were made by David Derrick, executive director of MPSA, and Donald Pendergrast, MPSA director of instruction.
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