If fans who attended Saturday’s LHSCA/LHSBCA boys all-star basketball game at Centenary’s Gold Dome hoped for high-flying action, they got their wish.
Saturday’s game featured half-court alley-oops, pull-up 3-pointers and a late comeback by the East team, which defeated the West 95-93.
“It was very exciting from the tip,” said Bossier’s Rashard Owens, who played for the West. “There was a lot of adrenaline for everyone.”
Owens’ teammate Tevin Robertson and Mansfield’s Verlan Hunter started the game for the West, and Pelican’s Zikiteran Woodley came in off the bench to score eight points.
“It was fun and a blessing,” Woodley said. “It was so great to be here and play today.”
Woodley was responsible for a few of the crowd’s oohs and aahs. He threw down a dunk in the first half and caught an alley-oop and finished with another slam to put the West up 87-82 late in the game.
“The East was pretty good,” said Woodley, who was the MVP of Pelican’s Class C state championship win this year. “Someone did a good job putting the different players on the teams. I’ve never played against competition like that. It was fun.”
In the final two minutes, the East erased a four-point deficit.
“We talked on the bus and said, ‘Man, we’re just going to have fun,'” Owens said. “But I guess the East just flipped the script with like two minutes left. I was just glad to be out there and have a chance to win the game.”
Vandebilt Catholic’s Lionheart Leslie led the West with 18 points, and Comeaux’s Julian Thomas added 12. DeAndre Bullock, from White Castle, was the only other West player in double-figure scoring with 10 points.
Chris Thomas scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds for the East to earn the game’s MVP trophy, a little bit of revenge. Bossier knocked Thomas’ Glen Oaks team out of the Class 3A playoffs.
Robertson scored on a nice post move early in the game but didn’t get many more chances on offense and fouled out with 1:54 left to play. Owens finished with two points, and Hunter had three, including a twisting layup in the lane.
“It felt like a great, competitive game,” Hunter said. “These guys are great players, and any of them could make a play at any time. They did some great things.
“It felt great to play in my last high school game here today. Knowing I had a lot of people here supporting me made me feel good. I felt like I was at home.”