By Dave Brousseau
FORT LAUDERDALE – This was the high school version of an NBA All-Star game.
A showcase of a whole lot of offense and nearly zero defense was exactly what the fans got at the boys’ high school Sunshine State Premier Senior Games at Westminster Academy on Saturday.
The night-cap was a highlight reel of slam dunks and long-distance shot as the South Florida All-Stars defeated the State All-Stars 137-133. In the night’s opening game two South Florida all-star teams squared off as the Team Black defeated Team White 127-107.
Toumani Camara of Chaminade-Madonna and University of Georgia signee scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter helping pace his South squad. His big quarter kept his team closer after the State All-Stars rallied from a 68-56 deficit for a 104-102 lead after three quarters.
“This was a good experience playing among all this competition,” Camara said. “I just played the game and that was a lot of fun. High school basketball has been a lot of fun.:
Sam Griffin of Westminster Academy added 24 points, including four 3-pointers. His last long-distance basket of the night helped secure the win.
Joshua Scott, a three-time state champion from Blanche Ely finished with 18 points for the South side.
The State All-Stars were paced by Ahren Freeman of Providence with 23 points. Tyrell Jones of West Oaks Academy finished with 22 points that included seven 3-pointers. Four of those long-range shots came in a 48-point third quarter for the State team.
Lavar Miller of Western first seven shots made were 3-pointers as he would finish with 23 points to lead the Team Black to victory.
Reggie Duhart Jr. of Boyd Anderson also had a strong game, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter. That quarter created the separation needed for the win as Team Black outscored their opponent 40-17.
“This was a good experience coaching kids from different schools,” said Stranahan coach Terrence Williams. “It was quite an honor to coach my first all-star game.
This was an opportunity for the kids to show their ability that they can’t necessarily do during the season.”
Jalil Beaubrun, fresh off University School’s back-to back Class 5A state championships, led Team White with 24 points. Richard Charles of North Miami added 21 points and Diego Riviera of Miami Christian had 20 points.
SOUTH ALL STARS 137, STATE ALL STARS 133
STATE: Marte 5-0-12, Jones 8-0-22, Crawford 4-0-8, Mitchell 5-1-11, Nwokeji 5-3-14, Palermo 6-3-16, Williams 4-0-11, Clark 4-0-8, Preaster 3-0-8, Freeman 10-0-23.
SOUTH: Dean 3-0-6, Griffin 10-0-24, Johnson 4-0-11, Dugazon 4-0-9, Camara 13-0-27, Monsanto 6-2-17, Spenkuch 6-1-13, Urbonavicius 5-0-12, Scott 9-0-18.
3-pointers: Griffin 4, Monsanto 3, Urbonavicius 2, Jones 6, Williams 3, Freeman 3, Marte 2, Preaster 2, Nwokeji, Palermo. Half: South 68-56.
TEAM BLACK 127, TEAM WHITE 107
B: DeBuck 7-0-14, Doane 6-0-16, Bartley 2-0-4, L. Miller 8-0-23, Dalger 6-0-12. Duhart 11-0-22, London 3-0-6, T. Miller 8-0-17, Atkinson 6-0-13.
W: Rodriguez 4-0-11, Riviera 8-0-20, Hunter 6-0-13, Johnson 2-1-5, Bailey 6-0-14, Charles 8-0-21, Beaubrun 11-0-24.
3-pointers: L. Miller 7, Doane 4, T. Miller, Atkinson, Charles 5, Riviera 4, Rodriguez 3, Bailey 2, Beaubrun 2. Half: B 62-54.