Corsicana — Anytime you get fifteen of the best graduating Golden Circle basketball players together, you can expect offensive fireworks. At the inaugural Golden Circle All-Star Basketball Game held at Navarro College, instead of Memorial Day Weekend, it seemed like the Fourth of July.
On Saturday, both teams topped 100 points as the “Visitor” team edged the “Home” team, 108-102, in a game that featured a lot of fast break lay-ups, great three-point shooting, and one monster dunk by Corsicana’s Mike Lewis.
The game raised $1,200 in scholarship money and Kerens' Brandon Ward was given $1000 and Mildred's Mikey Muncey was given $200.
Tre’vel Hines from Corsicana was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring a team high 34 points for the Visitors. Lewis led the Home team with a game high 44 points.
The game was a back-and-forth, up-and down affair as the teams traded baskets in the first half as neither team could gain more than a six point advantage. Fourteen different players scored for the two teams as the first half ended all tied up at 54-54.
“It’s all about the kids,” said “winning” coach Brain Coffman of Wortham.
In the second half, it was more of the same as the teams ran up-and-down the court, trading lay-ups and threes before the Visitors turned up the defensive pressure. Capitalizing on turnovers and timely defensive rebounds, the Visitors took an 11-point lead midway through the second half at 83-72.
The Home team would rally, cutting the lead to only five, 100-95, on Lewis’s dunk off an offensive rebound with less than two minutes remaining.
Rice’s Daniel Arteaga would end the rally, getting a three-point play on a lay-up and free throw to push the lead back to eight, 103-95, with 1:38 remaining. Arteaga finished the afternoon with 21 points, including 15 in the second half, and 11 assists.