TAMPA — A small-school player stood out Saturday in a game filled with big-school standouts.
Berkeley Prep's Johnathan Gray hit six 3-pointers en route to 34 points to garner MVP honors and lead the West to a 114-87 blowout over the East in the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches Association Hillsborough County All-Star Game at Tampa Prep.
Gray was one of only five private school players to play in the game.
"Playing with a bunch of guys that are the best players on their teams all around the city definitely helps a lot," Gray said. "It's great to play in an environment like that."
Things didn't start out so well for the West. It fell behind 12-0 to start the game but came back to take a 53-49 lead at the half.
The West took command with a 12-0 spurt of its own to start the second half, and the game was never in doubt the rest of the way.
Gray got plenty of help as six other players from the West scored in double figures, including Gray's Berkeley Prep teammates Christian Reintgen (12) and Austin Suarez (10).
Chamberlain's Matt Kendrick added 16 points and six blocks, while Tampa Bay Tech's Fredrick Drayton, Hillsborough's Juan Washington and Robinson's Reggie Sweatman each had 11 points.
The East was led by Middleton's Geric Leath, who had a team-high 25 points to earn game MVP honors on the East side.
Armwood's Rashad Davis added 18 points while Bloomingdale's Joe Raga and Tampa Prep's Jake Haslam scored 16 and 10, respectively.