NEW PORT RICHEY — In the ninth annual Pasco vs. Hernando-Citrus all-star game, there were no flashy dunks, high-soaring alley-oops or even really nifty passing. Heck, there was a running clock throughout most of Tuesday night's contest.
But after the little more than an hour the game lasted, Darrell Warren's huge smile said everything.
The Land O'Lakes senior forward enjoyed every minute of playing with the likes of Hudson's Richey Williams and Wiregrass Ranch's Tanner Carey. Warren took full advantage the experience and earned MVP honors by scoring 13 to lead the Pasco all-stars to a 55-52 victory over the Hernando-Citrus all-stars at Pasco-Hernando Community College.
"We just came out here to have fun," Warren said. "We all knew each other and what we're capable of doing and we just played together. I'm pretty happy and I had fun. It's a real honor to be out here."
It seemed like the game was going to be decided by Springstead's Will Hall (13 points), who scored eight points in the first five minutes to help give Hernando-Citrus a 12-5 edge. Hall and Springstead teammate Naquan Inniss combined for 23 of 52 points for Hernando-Citrus.
The Pasco all-stars trailed 31-30 going into the half, but they mounted a comeback behind the hot shooting from Williams (12 points) and Warren. The Pasco all-stars took a 47-45 lead on a 3-pointer from Warren and never looked back. Ridgewood's Mike Wood scored eight and Nature Coast's Matt Dennis, who took home MVP honors for Hernando-Citrus, finished with nine in the loss.
"We try to tell the guys it's about having the pride of Pasco County out here and showing some people we've got some good basketball out here," said Wiregrass Ranch's Jeremy Calzone, who coached the Pasco all-stars.