High school boys basketball: 5A All-Star teams drain 40 3-pointers in offensive display
WEST JORDAN — All season, high school basketball fans in Utah knew they were watching a special group of players, particularly at the 5A level.
That was never more evident than during Friday's all-star games at West Jordan High School.
In a ridiculously high-scoring game between the 5A North All-Stars and 5A South All-Stars that featured 40 3-pointers, Lehi's Colton Colledge clinched the 159-157 victory for the South with a pair of free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.
"I wasn't a very good free-throw shooter during the season, but for some reason a wave of calmness came over me in that last part," said College, who scored 19 points and grabbed the critical offensive rebound that led to the last-second foul.
"That was a blast. It's truly an honor to play with all these guys, the best players in the state of Utah," said Colledge.
Friday's all-star games had an professional feel to them with 12-minute quarters and — just as an NBA All-Star game would — there was no defense.
It might not have mattered with as well as everyone was shooting.
"I've done a few of these games, and that was one of the best all-star games I think we've had. I think both teams played really well, shot well; it was fun," said South coach Quincy Lewis.
The North All-Stars led most of the game, and when it went ahead 157-150 with under two minutes remaining it seemed like the victory was a foregone conclusion. The South All-Stars, however, got a couple defensive stops in those final minutes to rally for the win.
Bingham's Cody Benson led the South All-Stars with 27 points and five 3-pointers, while American Fork's Marcel Davis added 26 points and five 3-pointers. The South made 25 3-pointers, and every player made at least one.
The North All-Stars were led by West Jordan's Jordan Loveridge, who racked up a game-high 29 points. West Jordan teammate Jordan Pryor chipped in with 25, while Fremont's Brock Smith added 23.
4A ALL-STARS 124, 3A ALL-STARS 105: A bit more depth and a dominant second quarter paced the 4A All-Stars to an easy victory over the 3A All-Stars.
Trailing 27-25 after the first quarter, 4A proceeded outscore 3A 41-20 in the second quarter and never led by less than double digits the rest of the way.
"I think probably true to form, 4A's probably a little deeper. So I think we just wore them down a little bit," said 4A coach Golden Holt of Orem High.
Highland's Liam Thomas led 4A with 27 points, with Bonneville's Quinton Larson chipping in with 18 and Orem's Josh Pollard adding 17.
"All season long it's easy to look at your competitor as your competitor, but when you get to know these boys in an environment, and so see they're all good boys doing the best they can out there with good coaches. It's kind of fun to see that," said Holt.
Matt Pelo of Wasatch led all scorers with 32 points on four 3-pointers in the losing effort for the 3A squad.
1A ALL-STARS 119, 2A ALL-STARS 111: The 1A All-Stars put on a shooting clinic against the 2A All-Stars by knocking down 14 3-pointers to pull off the mild upset.
Layton Christian's Remington Rawlings led the way with 25 points and four 3-pointers with Liahona's Weston Meacham chipping in with 20 points and five 3-pointers. The Bryce Valley duo of Eddie Dunham and Jake Pearson each scored 14 each.
Tied at the half, the 1A All-Stars opened up a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the 2A squad whittled the lead back to two points with under three minutes remaining at 107-105. Green River's Justin Johnson responded with two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch to ice the victory.
Wasatch Academy's Fred Krajacic led 2A in the loss with 24 points.