LAS VEGAS, February 17, 2007 – On assignment from the Dallas Mavericks, Fort Worth Flyers forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu made the inaugural Gillette D-League All-Star Game in association with 24 Hour Fitness his personal showcase Saturday, leading the East to a 114-100 victory on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The rookie from George Washington scored 30 points and collected seven rebounds on his way to being named Most Valuable Player. Mensah-Bonsu converted 11-of-13 field goal attempts as the East shot a blistering 55-percent from the floor.
"I tried to play as hard as I could, which is the only way I know how to play," said Mensah-Bonsu, who was the only player assigned from an NBA team in the game. "When they said I made the team, I was back with the Mavericks and I told them that I really wanted to play in this game. It wasn't about winning the MVP, it was about getting to be with these great players."
Mensah-Bonsu’s Fort Worth teammate Luke Schenscher came off the East bench to make 6-of-8 field goal attempts, score 15 points and grab six rebounds. Renaldo Major of Dakota had 14, Arkansas’ Clay Tucker 13 and Tulsa’s Alan Anderson scored 10 for the East.
Colorado center Elton Brown, one of four 14ers in the game, scored 16 and had six rebounds to lead the West. Los Angeles point guard Brian Chase contributed 15 points. Albuquerque’s Dijon Thompson and Pooh Jeter of Colorado each scored 14, while Rick Rickert of Colorado had 13 and Anaheim’s Jawad Williams 11 to round out double-figure scoring.
“It was a fun experience. As far as basketball, we just wanted to come out here and have fun,” Tulsa and East point guard Will Conroy said. “You don't get to prove much with the substitution patterns, you just want to keep the game sharp and make sure you sell some tickets for next year so the fans want to come back again.”