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May 16, 2014

East boys hang on for 67-65 win

Byng —    Four players — two on the East team and two on the West — were in serious contention for Most Valuable Player honors on Wednesday night in The Ada News All-Star Classic boys contest at Byng High School’s Bill Koller Fieldhouse.

   It literally came down to the wire before the issue was decided as the East edged the West, 67-65, in a thriller.

   Behind the 3-point shooting of Ada High School’s Walker Whitworth and the blue-collar work of Latta High post player Ryan Stockton, the East squeaked by with the victory after another serious MVP candidate, Roff’s Lonnie Peterson, of the West, misfired on a long-range jumper at the buzzer.

   As a result, Stockton edged out Whitworth for the MVP award. Stockton finished with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Whitworth ended up with 16 points, including four 3-point jumpers.

   Peterson had 12 points, six boards and three steals. Also making a big impact for the West in a losing cause and in consideration for MVP honors was Konawa’s Zach Snow, who tallied 12 points and snatched eight rebounds.

   Two other players —– one from each team — also scored in double figures. Latta’s Brogan Cantrell finished with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting (two treys and two short-range buckets) for the East, and Ricky Hall of Vanoss tallied 10 on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor.

   The West, behind a 6-0 run to end the third quarter, had a 55-48 advantage heading into the fourth. It was 60-55 in favor of the West before the East closed the game with a 12-5 spurt.

   Whitworth’s back-to-back 3-point jumpers lifted the East to a 61-60 lead with 5:39 to go. Dylan Tatum of Konawa then retaliated with a long trey of his own, giving the West a 63-61 advantage.

   However, two free throws by Erickson with 3:48 to go and a 3-pointer from Allen’s Joseph Hopper with 1:53 remaining put the East on top for good. A basket by Stratford’s Joseph Waller enabled the West to pull within 66-65 before Stockton nailed the first of two free-throw attempts with 38 seconds left.

   The West twice had a chance for the tie or win but two missed free throws with 26 seconds left, and Peterson’s missed shot at the buzzer enabled the East to escape.

   Hopper, Erickson and Stonewall’s Austin Berry added six points apiece for the East, and Ada’s David Forbes — who left the game with an ankle injury — ended up with five.

   Waller supplied nine points to the West attack. Roff’s Cade Carpenter followed with seven, Tatum tacked on six and Stratford’s Brenton Willingham added five.

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