Blue sweeps Gold in all-star basketball games

Woodbridge’s Jamon Kane lays it up for the Gold during Saturday’s all-star game in Wilmington. Special to the Delaware State News/Chuck Snyder

WILMINGTON — The senior all-stars broke in the new 76ers Fieldhouse with a tight game which came down to the wire.

The Blue team scored the last six points of the game to earn an 83-78 victory over the Gold team in the boys’ contest on Saturday. The Blue completed the sweep with a 72-48 win over the Gold in the girls’ game at the 26th annual Blue-Gold senior all-star games.
It was the first time the games were hosted at Wilmington’s 76ers Fieldhouse.

The Gold team represented Kent and Sussex counties plus a handful of southern New Castle County schools. The end result wasn’t what they wanted but the smiles due to the festivities of the all-star weekend showed the experience was well worth it.

The Gold’s Airelle Parker from Sussex Tech drives for the basket.

“We wanted to make sure they got a great experience in their last high school game,” said Caesar Rodney High’s Freeman Williams, the coach of the boys’ Gold team. “Guys were sharing the ball and giving different people opportunities to showcase what they can do.”

The Gold team led for most of the second half until the Blue tied it at 75-75. The Blue then took the lead on a layup by Mount Pleasant’s Fah-Mir Ali.

Jaden Corbett, of Caesar Rodney, put the Gold back in front with 1:41 left in the game thanks to a three-pointer from the corner. It was the last points the Gold would score whoever.

The Blue used baskets from Ali and St. Georges Nahshon Hyland, the state’s Player of the Year, to pull away in the final minute.

Glasgow’s Mark Bradshaw was the only Gold player in double figures with 14 points. Caesar Rodney’s Shaft Clark scored nine points while Corbett followed with eight.

Smyrna’s Ron Jackson

Jamon Kane of Woodbridge also scored eight points.

“They really conducted themselves with class and I’ve really enjoyed coaching these guys,” Williams said. “It’s a testament to the families of these kids and the programs that they play in. It was a lot of fun.”

“Just watching them bond in a short amount of time was special,” Williams added. “Everyone got a chance to blend together and make some friendships.”

Three players from both boys’ teams competed in a dunk contest in between the boys’ and girls’ games while the girls’ had a three-point shooting contest. Caravel won both of those events as Karli Cauley was the three-point champion and Brandon Sengphachanh won the dunk contest.

The Blue girls held a double-digit lead for most of the contest before the Gold cut it to seven in the second half. But the Blue responded behind the strength of Lauren Park of Sanford, the girls’ Player of the Year, who scored 14 points.

Jayla Smith of Smyrna was the only Gold girl in double figures as she netted 10 points.

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