West beats East in Beasley, 102-90 Basketball

April 18, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

The Rodney Beasley Memorial All-Star boys basketball game came home last night.

For the first time, the game was at Walbrook High, where Beasley played before he died in an automobile accident in April 1991.

The West All-Stars had no problem in defeating their East counterparts, 102-90, before a capacity crowd.

In the girls all-star game played earlier, the Gold defeated the Blue, 66-62.

Walbrook's Antonio Patterson led the West with 14 points. Maurice Blanding of Edmondson added 13 and Milton Nichols of Southwestern had 12.

Reggie Rhinehart of Towson Catholic led the East All-Stars with 19 points and first-team All-Metro performer Kevin Norris of Lake Clifton had 12 points, but struggled for most of the game.

It was that kind of night for the East, which trailed 55-37 at halftime and came no closer than 12 points in the second half.

The decisive outcome was surprising, considering that the East also featured first-team All-Metro Sharif Butler of Towson Catholic and second-team selection James Burrell of Towson Catholic and Calvert Hall's Chris Wilson.

But the East, featuring Edison, a second-team All-Met choice, and Crockett, the city's leading scorer during the past season, was up to the task.

Leading 29-20 after the first period, the West went on an 8-2 run, extending its lead to 37-22. The East cut the lead to 43-30, but the West countered with a 10-1 run to secure a 53-31 lead with 1:44 left in the first half.

In the girls game, the Gold was forced to rally after watching a 14-point first-half cushion turn into an 11-point deficit.

The stars of the host school led the Gold. Lakeisha Dukes scored a game-high 20 points and Tina Fauntleroy added 14 and seven assists.

After the Gold regained the lead at 59-58 with 3:14 remaining in regulation, Dukes hit a layup for a 61-58 lead, then Fauntleroy, a 5-foot-4 guard, scored three of the Gold's final five points.

It was the first time that a girls game was added to the Beasley Memorial event.

In previous years, the boys underclassmen and seniors each had a game, but the city public schools have joined the state association, which does not allow underclassmen to participate in all-star games.

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