Southern High guard David Cason hit a three-pointer wit three seconds left to lift the East seniors over the West, 81-80, in the second annual East vs. West High School All-Star games at Morgan State University's Hill Field House last night.
Cason's three-pointer climaxed a wild ending to a game the East seemed to be in control of until the final minutes.
However, the West rallied and had the ball and an 80-78 lead after Walbrook's Stevie Thomas hit a follow layup with one minute left.
Dunbar's Terrance Alexander missed a free throw with 50 seconds left and the West gained possession. The West then ran the clock down with a crisp passing game, but Walbrook's Stevie Thomas tried to bank in a 12-footer that came off the front rim with 11 seconds left. The East got the ball to Cason, who calmly stopped short of the three-point line and launched the game-winner.
St. Frances center Devin Gray led the East with 20 points and Dunbar's Terrance Alexander had 15 points.
Forest Park's Eric Bazemore, the city regular-season scoring leader, paced the West with 23, and Thomas finished with 13 points.
The ending of the first game between the East and West underclassmen was not as frantic.
Dunbar juniors Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright led the East underclassmen as they defeated the West, 116-103.
Lloyd scored 20 points, had eight rebounds, eight steals and four assists while Bright had 22 points and six rebounds.
Dunbar junior guard Deigo Jones scored five to lead a 9-0 run that erased a 12-10 West lead and put the East ahead. The East never trailed again.
"We played well considering we had only one week of practice but it wasn't a big adjustment because some of us played together during the summer," said Bright. Walbrook forward Jermaine Porter led the West and all scorers with 29 points.
The West trailed by 17 at the half but managed to rally to 107-102 with 2:00 left in the game.
However, the East ran off five straight to ease ahead, 112-102, and the West never seriously threatened again.
It was a moral victory for the West underclassmen who were crushed by the East, 121-88, in last year's game.