Shontrell Scott leads crazy comeback for West in Little All-City game
Who says all-star games are just exhibitions? That was easily the strangest boys basketball game I’ve seen in my life. No doubt about it.
In the Little All-City game Monday night, the West trailed by more than 20 points in the third quarter. I don’t have an exact number because I stopped my running score, felt it wasn’t necessary.
However, in a comeback for the ages, the West erased the deficit, forced overtime and Harding Charter Prep’s Shontrell Scott hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 95-92 win at Mid-America Christian.
It was 67-50 for the East going into the fourth quarter. And then Centennial coach Scott Raper found his lineup. On offense, he went with Millwood’s Drelan Triplett and Delford Robinson, Bridge Creek’s Ryan Spangler, John Marshall’s Talmadge Lawrence and Scott. When he went offense for defense, Piedmont’s John Stephens and Keith Vick replaced Spangler and Triplett.
And every move worked. The West actually made a good run in the third quarter, getting it down to 10. However, led by the Douglass trio of DeVonte Smith, Dorrian Williams and Marquis Buxton-Hill, the East got the margin back up.
The West trailed 81-76 with a little more than a minute when Scott drained a three. The ensuing inbounds pass was stolen and Stephens tied the game. And we went to overtime.
Overtime was a shootout between Scott and Dorrian Williams. One big shot after another. Williams was hitting his threes from at least 27-30 feet out. Such a pretty stroke.
A Williams three tied it at 92-92 with a minute left. The East held onto the ball and got a good look from Community Christian’s Scott Seymour from the corner. It didn’t go and Raper is screaming for a timeout. But when you got the speed Robinson has, he’s not hearing it. He kicks it out to Scott and his three was pure.
That was a lot of fun. Putting Lawrence and Robinson together in the same backcourt did wonders for the West. Way too quick to be contained. Combined, the guards are 11-1. Conversely, Triplett and Spangler go 13-4. Twenty-seven inches of difference in height, but it all worked the same.
Great show put on by Smith and Williams. Buxton-Hill was a beast in the first half but was sort of quiet down the stretch. The opposite of Spangler. I believe he only had five points at halftime and ended up with a game-high 22 points. Scott made four 3-pointers.
Northeast’s Eric Peabody had a great first half, scoring 10 of his 13 in the first 16 minutes. Buxton-Hill finished with 14 points.
Besides the great comeback, loved seeing the intensity and passion down the stretch. The West celebrated like crazy when Scott’s shot went in.
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