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Basketball: Pinellas left flat-footed in all-star game

ST. PETERSBURG — More often than not, Hillsborough's all-stars swept past Pinellas' all-stars who lacked either the height or quickness — or both — to offer more than a token resistance.

Taking control of the boys basketball all-star game early on Friday, Hillsborough cruised to a 107-85 victory.

"Our concept coming into the game was to get up and down the floor and stay up-tempo," Hillsborough coach Andre Lewis said.

From the start, Hillsborough was fast, furious, high-scoring and improvisational.

That was more than enough to take a 48-34 lead at the half.

Things got worse when two Pinellas all-stars, Clearwater's Julien Sargent and Regan O'Rourke, left at halftime to attend their school's prom.

Hillsborough took advantage by going on a 25-2 run to start the second half. The Pinellas all-stars made a furious rally and cut the deficit to 14 midway through the second half but it wasn't enough.

The Hillsborough all-stars had six players reach double figures, led by Berkeley Prep's Johnathan Gray (18 points) and Plant's Sheldon Cooley (17).

Gibbs' Bryton Dunbar and St. Petersburg's Anthony Carter each had 16 points to lead the Pinellas all-stars.

Lakewood's Brandon Lilavois won the dunk contest and Hillsborough's Juan Washington won the 3-point contest.

In the girls game, Pinellas won 58-50.

Gibbs' Larkira Jones was dominant underneath the basket, scoring a team-high 13 for Pinellas. Indian Rocks Christian's Courtney St. Louis was the only other Pinellas player to reach double figures with 10 points.

Tampa Catholic's Annie Dziagwa scored 11 and Armwood's Chante Lumpkin had 10 to lead the Hillsborough all-stars.

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Basketball: Pinellas left flat-footed in all-star game 03/20/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 20, 2009 11:55pm]
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