TAMPA — The East team did not spread the ball around like the West, but it didn't have to.
Led by King's Andrew Donaldson, who scored 21, the East topped the West 70-53 Friday night during the United Negro College Fund's Hillsborough County all-star event at Jefferson High.
The East squad, made of up players from the eastern part of the county, only had eight players on its roster and just six scored. By comparison, the West squad numbered 13 players and 11 of them scored points in the game.
But that did not seem to matter.
The East grabbed an 11-5 lead moments into the contest and was never really threatened. The West, led by Blake's Julian Jackson with 10 points, managed a brief run at the end of the first half to tighten the score to 35-30.
But the East went on a 17-7 run to open the second half to break the game open and move on to its 17-point victory.
Robinson's Chris Reyes added eight points, and Blake's Tyrell Anderson scored seven for the West. Meanwhile, the East had three other players in double figures besides Donaldson.
Durant's Dexter Barge scored 13, while King's Eric Diggs scored 12 and Riverview's Jaquan Holliday had 10 points.
The girls game proved to be a close affair as Chamberlain's Arrena Houston hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with one second left lift the West to a thrilling 45-43 victory.
Houston scored a game-high 21 while leading the West on a second-half comeback. The West trailed 24-15 at the half, but behind Houston's 15 second-half points and Hillsborough's Antoinette Wilson's seven points (she finished with eight total), the West squad chipped away at the lead.
The East was led by Armwood's Chante Lumpkin (nine points) and King's Daviethia Foster (eight).