By Tim Peterson
Boys: East 103 West 92
Kevin Smith of Compton Centennial scored 24 points, most of which came as he was flying above the rim, to win MVP honors as the East beat the West 103-92 Friday night in the 110 All-Star game at Whittier College.
Smith scored 20 of those points in the first half as the East took a 49-44 lead at the break. The East raced out to a 13-1 run to open the second half and cruised the rest of the way. Smith threw down several thunderous dunks off of alley oop plays and break aways.
Fellow running mate Kurt Davis, also of Compton Centennial, poured in 25 to lead all scorers including 18 in the second half.
David Hall of Lynwood, a guest on the Mid Valley Sports Show last Tuesday night, scored eight points and Andrew Torres, who hails from nearby Montebello, tossed in four. Guard Manny Garcia of Bosco did a good job of driving to the basket scoring 15 points.
For the West, Chaminade’s Jamaal McClerkin scored 19 and Emmanuel Andino of St. Anthony, who resembled a young Charles Barkley, muscled his way to 13.
Smith will be doing his thing on the gridiron this fall. He is attending the University of Washington on a football scholarship.
W 44 48 92
E 49 54 103
Girls: West 62 East 59 OT
Cassie Pappas of Crescenta Valley scored 13 points, including three clutch free throws in overtime to lead the East to a 62-59 win over the West. Pappas took home the MVP award for her efforts.
The West fell behind by ten early on the contest but battled back to trail by just four, 23-19 at halftime. A 9-0 run to open the second half put the West up by five. There were several lead changes the rest of the way.
Hilary Drinovsky of Long Beach Millikan scored a basket underneath for the East with 1.4 left in regulation to tie it at 59 and send it into overtime.
Neither side scored a field goal the two minute session but Pappas did knock down three fret hors to give the West the victory.
Brentwood’s Laura Kobashigawa was also in double figures for the West with 14 points including a three point bomb. Skyy Lewis of Taft added seven.
For the East, Drinovsky scored seven and Rina Towne of St. Anthony tossed in eight. Desiree Hunter of Magnolia also had eight with six coming in the second half.
W 19 40 3 62
E 23 36 0 59