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Private school all-stars shine from 3-point line

CLEARWATER — Even though it was the inaugural Pinellas County boys basketball private school all-star game, and there was one record that may never be broken.

The North defeated the South 122-113 Saturday night in a contest where eight of the first nine buckets were 3-pointers. There were 19 3-point shots made in the first half, 11 more in the second half — 30 for the game.

Eighteen players scored. Thirteen scored from 3-point range.

"We knew we had good 3-point shooters on our team," said South MVP Tracy Parks of St. Petersburg Catholic. "We saw what it said in the newspaper about how we were projected to lose, so we were just trying to get up and down in the fast break."

One of the more specific problems facing the South was the Calvary Christian's and North's MVP Christian Bibi Ndongo, who at 6 feet 7 can block shots by simply stretching his arms.

"We knew about Bibi and blocking all those shots during the year, so we knew we had to get our outside shots, which we did, but it didn't last," said Parks, who had three 3-pointers.

Ndongo led the North with 26 points, including three 3-pointers.

"I enjoyed playing," he said. "I wish I could have done better. The most fun was playing with the other kids."

Calvary Christian's Val Rogatkin had 25 points, including two 3-pointers, for the North.

Parks scored a game-high 31. Drew Phillips of Northside Christian scored 24 for the South, including a game-high seven 3s.

Others scoring in double digits for the North were Oldsmar Christian's Jordan Fair (17), Calvary Christian's Emmanuel Delgado (15) and Braden Dollar (10), and CCC's Steven Signore (10). For the South, Keswick Christians stars Tarvin Jones and Lars Larson scored 13 and 12, respectively. Northside Christian's Tyler Stowell chipped in 12.

The South had a 58-54 halftime lead, but the North fought back to tie it at 82 and outscore the South from there. Players from both teams stood and watched as the clock ran out — Ndongo got a pass under the basket and slammed in a dunk to end the game.

Private school all-stars shine from 3-point line 03/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2008 11:14am]
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