Thursday, June 9, 2011
Jones scores 26 for East stars
By BARRY BURLESON
Kenyatta Jones put on an offensive show in his last high school basketball game Saturday.
The 2011 Byhalia High School graduate scored a game-high 26 points and was named the Offensive Player of the Game in the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.
“It was typical Kenyatta,” said coach Donald Bryant of BHS. “Like I’ve said before, he’s the best scorer I’ve ever coached.”
The East team, which was led by Jones, lost the 3A-4A-5A contest, 101-86, to the West. The West led 55-47 at the half.
Jones also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals, and he won the free throw award.
Bryant said the biggest highlight for Jones was when he blocked the shot of the West’s big man, Tadarious Coburn from New Albany, when Coburn was trying to dunk. Coburn and Jemar Clifton of Shannon had 23 points each for the West.
Other all-star games Saturday included East versus West in 1A-2A girls and boys, plus East versus West in 3A-4A-5A girls. All were played at Booneville High School.
Jones signed April 14 to play next season with Northwest Mississippi Community College. As a senior for the Byhalia Indians, he averaged 29 points, five rebounds and five assists a game.
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