Chandler Tri-City Christian’s Nigel Shadd joined Chandler Basha big man Gabe McGlothan on the same team for the first time since they were freshmen playing in a club event.
Shadd, a 6-foot-9, 239-pound senior forward, and McGlothan looked like they’d been teammates throughout high school as they teamed up to lead the Blue team to a 90-78 victory over the White team in Arizona’s inaugural The Show, a high school all-star basketball game, on Thursday at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Shadd had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while McGlothan had an array of blocked shots and dunks, including a one-handed dunk late in the game on an alley-oop feed from Glendale Apollo senior guard Holland Woods.
“It’s nice to play with these group of guys,” said Shadd, who has signed to play at Kansas State.
Shadd was the marquee player in the lesser-publicized Canyon Athletic Association, while McGlothan emerged as an All-Arizona player this year, leading Basha to a 30-1 record and its first 6A state championship.
McGlothan has been spending the spring playing on Basha’s boys volleyball team, which, he says, has helped his vertical jumping ability.
That was evident on the court Thursday.
“I was really looking to have fun,” McGlothan said. “They were looking to me to dunk the ball and that’s what I did. It was great.”
The biggest highlight of the game was Wood’s half-court, between-the-legs pass to McGlothan for a dunk.
The White team was led by Tucson Sunnyside junior forward Nikc Jackson, who had several dunks and put-backs.
Woods said that he is hoping to remain at Portland State, despite the school firing its head coach. Jase Coburn, who recruited Woods, is still there.
Much will depend on the new coach and if he retains Coburn, Woods said.
“Hopefully, the coach who comes in likes my style,” said Woods, who made All-Arizona after leading Apollo to the 5A final.
In the girls game, the Blue team, led by 5A champion Gilbert Mesquite guards Shaylee Gonzales and Lindsey VanAllen, beat the White 91-64 on Thursday.
VanAllen broke open a 10-point game in the final minute of the first half with two layups and a 3-pointer, giving the Blue team a 39-25 halftime lead.
“We all just push the ball up the floor,” said VanAllen, a junior.
Cave Creek Cactus Shadows guard/forward Caitlin Bickle also had a big game for the Blue team.
The White team was led by Goodyear Millennium sophomore Dominique Phillips.
Boys and girls Arizona all-stars who will be part of the The Show were introduced Wednesday at Talking Stick Resort Arena, where the double-header will be played on March 30.
The NBA’s Suns and the WNBA’s Mercury are partnering with Biokats Sports Network to present The Show: Arizona Boys and Girls High School Basketball All-Star Games.
The Suns play host to the Los Angeles Clippers that night. The game will be played at noon and 1:30.
“We’ve been planning this for six months,” said Jerry Howard, who is the CEO of Biokats and had a partnership with the Denver Nuggets for Colorado all-star games since 2001. “The fact that we chose the date before the Final Four was pretty key.”
Howard said he has received clearance from the Arizona Interscholastic Association to stage the all-star games. David Hines, assistant executive director of the AIA, said that current coaches can lead the teams if the AIA Executive Board approves it. Those coaches have to be submitted by the schools for approval, Hines added.
Howard said he no longer has partnership with the Nuggets, but still runs all-star high school games in Colorado.
“The key to Phoenix is, we know this is a basketball-rich state,” Howard said. “We wanted to bring the same experience down here for the athletes that we do in Denver. With the Phoenix Suns, they’ve been a gracious host. There is a reason why we selected March 30th with the Final Four.”
Here are the rosters:
Ian Burke, Phoenix Brophy Prep
Wesley Harris, Phoenix Desert Vista
K.J. Hymes, Phoenix St. Mary’s
Colten Kresl, Scottsdale Chaparral
Dre Marin, Glendale Apollo
Jared Martin, Scottsdale Saguaro
Gabe McGlothan, Chandler Basha
Nigel Shadd, Tri-City Christian
Trey Wood, Anthem Prep
Holland Woods, Glendale Apollo
Coaches: Jacob Marin, Apollo; Paul Brown, Tri-City Christian
Jaxson Baker, Brophy Prep
Robert “B.J.” Burries, Globe
Majok Deng, Tucson Salpointe Catholic
Nate Graville, Gilbert Christian
Nikc Jackson, Tucson Sunnyside
Bryce Fowler, Avondale Agua Fria
Max Moses, Phoenix Arcadia
Chris Orozco, Phoenix Sunnyslope
Trevor Thompson, Phoenix Moon Valley
Coaches: Ray Portela, Sunnyslope; Matt King, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor
Selected but unable to play: Alex Barcello, Tempe Corona del Sol; Jaelen House, Phoenix Shadow Mountain; Saben Lee, Corona del Sol; Marcus Shaver, Shadow Mountain
Elle Baker, Scottsdale Saguaro
Caitlyn Bickle, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows
Jenay Bojorquez, Phoenix Sierra Linda
Shauna Bribiescas, Mesa Dobson
Lauren Green, Vail Cienega
Shaylee Gonzales, Gilbert Mesquite
Lauren Gustin, Mesquite
Lindsey VanAllen, Mesquite
Makayla “M.J.” Roe, Anthem Prep
Coaches: Candice Gonzales, Mesquite; Justin Hager, Phoenix Mountain Pointe
Maya Banks, Chandler Hamilton
Haley Cavinder, Gilbert
Hanna Cavinder, Gilbert
Taylor Chavez, Surprise Valley Vista
Kiara Edwards, Valley Vista
Maddie Fredericks, Hamilton
Bryce Nixon, Phoenix Arcadia
Dominique Phillips, Goodyear Millennium
Megan Timmer, Chandler Valley Christian
Coach: Rachel Matakas, Valley Vista
Selected but unable to play: Sarah Barcello, Chandler Seton; Jenn Wirth, Seton; Leanne Wirth, Seton.
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