Offense rules as boys City All-Stars outlast County All-Stars, 134-130

Basketball

March 16, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There were three speeds to last night's boys City/County All-Star Game: fast, faster and off the scales.

Defense was definitely left at the doors of the gym at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex Campus, as the City All-Stars outlasted the County All-Stars, 134-130.

All-City/County Player of the Year Tyler Smith of Douglass led the City squad with 24 points and teammate Richard Dorsey added 21, earning Most Valuable Player Honors for his team. The 6-foot-8 center put on show with several blocks and slam dunks, including a windmill slam.

"I had to show off a little bit," said Dorsey. "I've been holding it in but I wanted to give the crowd something to cheer about."

The crowd was hardly disappointed. There were a combined 134 points scored in the first half alone.

The County All-Stars got within 121-119 with 4:05 left after a layup by Bernard Commodore of Franklin, but back-to-back dunks by Dorsey highlighted a 6-0 run to push the City squad ahead to stay.

Milford Mill's Tywann McCoy earned MVP honors for the County squad, scoring 26 points. Jerrell McNeil of county champion Randallstown added 19 and Owings Mills' Cameron Brown had 16.

In the girls game, Towson High's Danie Mosca said she was nervous before the start of the contest. But the Niagara University-bound guard played with poise down the stretch, helping the County All-Stars rally for a 70-66 victory.

"I was really nervous with all the people in the stands," said Mosca, who was the Most Valuable Player for the County squad. "Once the ball went up, I calmed down a little bit."

Mosca led all scorers with 18 points including a three-pointer with 2:50 remaining to give the County All-Stars a 64-63 lead. The lead grew to 67-63 before a layup by Dunbar's Tiffany Kennedy brought the City All-Stars to 67-65 with 1:46 left.

Nichelle Dixon (nine points), who helped Woodlawn to the state Class 4A semifinals, had a free throw and converted a layup, giving the County a 70-65 lead with 47 seconds left.

Walbrook's LaChon Holley led the City All-Stars with 13 points, and teammate Kitrece Carr earned team MVP honors with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Alhambra Invitational

No. 4 Spalding 52, Judge Memorial (Utah) 49: Guard Landy Thompson had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists as the Cavaliers bounced back in the 42nd Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State University with a victory over Judge Memorial (19-6) of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Cavaliers (29-6), who opened Thursday with a 60-38 loss to Gonzaga of Washington, play in today's consolation final at 4:45 p.m. vs. Roanoke (Va.) Catholic (24-6).

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