South Team Provides Thrilling Win in 2010
Dennis Johnson High School All-Classic
Austin, TX April 3, 2010 - The south team won the fourth-annual 2010 Dennis Johnson Memorial Boys High School All-Classic Saturday afternoon at the Austin Convention Center, 104-93.
Coach John Morgan’s South team jumped ahead early beginning the game on an 11-2 run. Their lead quickly shrunk after the North’s back-to-back-to-back three-point shots. The game was tied at 22 with less than a minute remaining in the quarter until Braylyn Thomas, younger brother of Spurs’ Curtis Jerrells, made a long-shot with: 09 left.
Demetris Smith’s jump shot closed the South’s lead, 36-35. Cole Vucurevich’s made free throws jump-started a 13-5 south run to end the first half. Jean-Maurice Blanchard’s tip-in at the buzzer shortened the South’s lead at intermission, 54-42. Bowie’s Trey Lindsey led all at the half with 18 points for the South.
In the third quarter the South team was able to extend their lead to 16 points at, 69-53. Heading in to the fourth quarter they were ahead, 77-63.
The fourth quarter was full of exciting plays, including slam dunks and long-shots from both teams. Chris Clement’s three-pointer put the North within 9 of South with a minute to go in the game, but it was not enough to regain the lead.
“There’s no losing team today,” said South head coach John Morgan. “They are all great players and I wish them all the best.” The North had four players score in double figures: Pflugerville’s Demetris Smith (20), Stony Point’s Chris Clement (20), Georgetown’s Jaron Vierra (16) and Connally’s Jordon Mason (11).
Three players scored in double figures for the South: Lindsey (22), Del Valle’s Thomas (15), and LBJ’s Donald Dallas (10). MVP of the 2010 Dennis Johnson Memorial Boys High School All-Classic was Trey Lindsey.
North Tops South in Annual Dennis Johnson
Memorial Girls All-Classic
Austin, TX April 2, 2010 - The north team won the 2010 Dennis Johnson Memorial Girls High School All-Classic Friday afternoon at the Austin Convention Center, 60-54.
The north team jumped ahead in the first quarter behind a team effort to drive the lane. They ended the quarter on a 12-4 run, giving them a 21-10 advantage at the buzzer.
Katherine Ashton’s back-to-back buckets closed the gap, and eventually lead the team to tying the game at 25. Ashley James’ bucket gave the lead back to the North and started a 6-0 run. Defense was a key factor for the North team in the final four minutes of the half, as they kept the South from scoring. At intermission, the North was ahead 31-25.
Both teams hustled up and down the court in the third quarter, each making a basket in the first few minutes. Several minutes passed without a made basket, until Katie Jarrel’s bucket extended the North’s lead. Jarrel’s shot from downtown at the buzzer created excitement from the crowd, but hit the rim and bounced out. Heading in to the fourth quarter the North held the lead, 40-37.
Westlake’s Courtney Duever lead the South in the fourth quarter, scoring four of her 14 points in the quarter. After Duever tied the game at 44, the teams traded basket for basket until Maddie Wheeler’s three-point shot gave the North the advantage 56-54.Wheeler then visited the free-throw line on two separate occasions in the final minute of the game, making all four free throws.
“It was a great experience for all the girls,” said Stony Point’s Danny Cage, head coach of the North team. “All these girls have played together over the past four years, and it was great to get them together for one more game.”
“We enjoyed it. It was a great group of girls who executed well on the court,” said Keith Smith (Westlake) who coached the South team. The South had three players who scored in double figures: Westlake’s Duever (14), Dripping Springs’ Jisele Green (13), and LBJ’s Alex Jones (12).
The MVP of the game was Stony Point’s Ashley James who had 10 points for the North.
Boy's North All-Star Team
Boy's South All-Star Team
Girl's South All-Star Team
Westlake's Courtney Duever