Dunbar’s Chris Sutherland tries to stop Golden Gate’s Arcaim Lallemand from scoring at the SFABC Boys & Girls All Star Game Monday in Fort Myers.
It was the last game in a Green Wave jersey for Fort Myers senior Mark Matthews. It was the last memory in a black and white Mariner uniform for Rodney Hunter.
But did they ever leave a mark on their last nights together as high school basketball players.
Hunter, who’s starting a new chapter with Columbia University in June, dropped the microphone with 7:19 left in the SFABC boys’ All-Star basketball game on Monday at Bishop Verot with a two-hand slam between two defenders.
Matthews, headed to the University of North Carolina Wilmington that same month, followed seconds later with a step-back 3-pointer, part of his game-high 23 points as his North squad fought off a late rally from the South team and claimed a 100-97 win.
Before the tip, Matthews and Hunter were also named co-Players of the Year by the Southwest Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.
“You just have to be confident, as a scorer and as a player all around, even if you’re shot isn’t going down,” Matthews said of his game.
Hunter’s dunk, part of 11 points on the night, dropped jaws and was one of a handful of highlights on the night.
“Look, the lane looked open to me and he jumped late,” said Hunter, who flexed his muscles on Golden Gate’s Jeffercy Jean after the jam. “And they beat us (in districts), so I had to flex on him a little bit.”
Lehigh’s Abed Abu-Khadier, a finalist for player of the year, had five points and assisted on two alley-oop dunks in the first half to Matthews and Port Charlotte’s Malik Dixon.
Dunbar’s Chris Sutherland added 11 points, while SFCA’s Logan Long had nine and Riverdale’s Jacob Ellis added nine of his own.
The South, led by FBA’s Quandell Newtown and Doobie Jenkins — together they combined for 30 points — rallied back from down as many as 29 points in the second half before coming to within three in the final seconds.
In the girls’ game, Dunbar’s Kiara Desamours and Regine Cooper combined for 22 points as their Lee County squad defeated Charlotte-Collier 75-60.
Desamours and teammate Keri Jewett, along with Island Coast’s Leeanne Ellis and Cape Coral’s McKenna Beach, were named in a four-way tie as Player of the Year for the SFABC.
Dunbar’s Dwayne Donnell was named Coach of the Year and worked the scorebook for the game as his youngest daughter, D’Yani, took over the play-calling duties.
Cypress Lake’s Nyree Mahone had 10 points, while Oasis’ Samantha Woods added eight of her own for Lee County.
Tigers point guard Keri Jewett had a less than perfect night, missing all but one of her shots, but was content with her last high school game.
“It’s going to be tough not playing with them anymore and getting used to other players, but that was a moment to remember,” Jewett said.
Jakia Davis, Barron Collier
Jakella Davis, Barron Collier
Mari Gelabert, Barron Collier
Rachel Mospack, Gulf Coast
Jackie Jadginski, Gulf Coast
Casey Mendal, Lely
Kaitlyn Hailey, St. John Neumann
Emily Treasure, Port Charlotte
Keri Jewett, Dunbar
Kiara Desamours, Dunbar
Regine Cooper, Dunbar
Larissa Roker, Fort Myers
Leanne Ellis, Island Coast
Lindsey Purvis, South Fort Myers
Samantha Wood, Oasis
Jordan Westendorf, Oasis
Lindsay Stramel, North Fort Myers
Leandra Bell, Lehigh
Emily Stone, Cypress Lake
Nyree Mahone, Cypress Lake
Lovely Malivert, Riverdale
Ashley Holleran, Bishop Verot
Lee County North
Mark Matthews, Fort Myers
Derek Loza, Ida Baker
James Brunson, Fort Myers
Logan Long, SFCA
Logan Schell, Mariner
Rodney Hunter, Mariner
Scot Hundt, Charlotte
Chris Sutherland, Dunbar
Jacob Ellis, Riverdale
Abed Abu-Khadier, Lehigh
Matt Jeannelas, Island Coast
Malik Dixon, Port Charlotte
Collier-Hendry-Lee County South
Carson Burton, Canterbury
Danny Keller, Labelle
Stephen Wagner, Bishop Verot
Zach Rochette, CSN
Zach Gober, Lely
Thaddeus Ward, Bishop Verot
Doobie Jenkins, FBA
Jeremiah Hopper, Golden Gate
Arcaim Lallemand, Golden Gate
Margins Desire, Estero
Jeffercy Jean, Golden Gate
Quandell Newton, FBA