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July 9, 2006

ABCD All-Stars get offensive

Teaneck, N.J. -- Defense? What defense? All-Star games are not for defense. It is almost a dirty word. The Reebok ABCD all-star games on Sunday held true to form on that belief.

There was showboating. There were unbelievable dunks and alley-oops that made people jump out of their seats. There was even a point guard battle between Johnny Flynn and Corey Fisher that got the crowd revved up.

But defense? No chance.

Flynn, a Syracuse commit, led eight double-figure scorers on his team with 23 points and he added seven assists and only one turnover as the Senior Black team defeated the Senior Yellow squad, 170-165, in the finale at Fairleigh Dickinson.

J.J. Hickson finished with 22 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Love, who led the camp from start to finish in scoring and rebounding, had 14 points and 12 rebounds, including a game-high six boards on the offensive end.

Others who played well on the winning team were Thomas Manzano, who had 17 points and James Harden, who had 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Villanova commit Corey Stokes scored 13 points and Nayal Koshwal chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. Alex Tyus, who was impressive all week playing with a broken finger, added 10 points in the win. Kansas commit Cole Aldrich had nine rebounds.

Fisher, who committed to Villanova, had arguably the best performance in the all-star event and the local Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick product got the crowd excited with nifty passes and electrifying moves to the basket.

Fisher finished with a game-high 28 points and he added six assists, although he did turn the ball over five times trying to force the issue. He also hit 4 of 6 shots from behind the arc. Bill Walker, one of the most athletic players in the country, finished around the basket and had 24 points and five boards.

O.J. Mayo, the top-ranked player in the 2007 class by Rivals.com, finished with 17 points and seven assists but struggled from deep, hitting only 1 of 8 from 3-point range. Taylor King, who finished as one of the better players in camp after a disappointing first day, had 12 points and 10 rebounds, five on the offensive glass.

Durham (N.C.) Mount Zion's Tracy Smith, another player who had a solid week, finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in the loss. DeAndre Jordan was active around the glass and had 16 points. Alex Legion added 11 points and Washington commit Isaiah Thomas dished out six assists and no turnovers.

It was a wild game that saw the winning team finish 76 of 137 from the field in the 48-minute contest. The winners went 9-for-31 (29 percent) from behind the arc. There were a combined 70 assists and 40 turnovers in the game.

Flynn, Hickson and Tyus were named the MVPs on the winning team and Fisher, Smith and Walker earned that honor on the losing side. Love, Jordan, Mayo and King were named the senior players of the week.

Underclassmen in action as well

Devin Ebanks led seven double-figure scorers on his team with 19 points and he added seven rebounds, five on the offensive end, and 2009 prospect Terrell Vinson from Rockville (Md.) Montrose Christian had 16 points and five boards as the Maroon team defeated the White team, 127-122, in overtime of the underclassmen all-star game.

Roberto Nelson, a 2009 guard, had 15 points and Chris Braswell and Kenny Boynton, who finished second in camp in scoring regardless of class, both finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Also playing well for the winning team were Greg Echenique (12 points, seven rebounds) and Karron Johnson, an explosive 2009 prospect, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. Quincy Acy, another athletic 2009 recruit who played all week with protective eye gear because of a minor eye injury, had seven blocks in the win.

Dante Anderson led the losing team with 22 points and Brandon Jennings had 14 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists, although he turned it over 11 times trying to make the big play. Jennings, who will play at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, also had five steals and two blocks. Olu Ashaolu cleaned up around the basket and had 19 points and nine rebounds.

Renardo Sidney, who is transferring to Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sylvan Landesberg had 11 points and six boards.

Ebanks and Braswell earned MVP honors on the winning team and Jennings and Anderson were the losing team's most valuable players. William Buford and Drew Gordon were named the underclassmen players of the week.



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