Blue sweeps Gold in all-star hoop games

Davione Robinson of Caesar Rodney battles Howard’s Lamar Woody for a rebound in the first half of the Blue-Gold All-Star game held Saturday at the University of Delaware. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

NEWARK — The scoreboard took a backseat at the Blue-Gold senior all-star games like it normally does.

The seniors participating put their focus on entertaining the fans.

Thomas More’s Dah’Naija Barnes scores on a reverse layup late in the Blue-Gold All-Star game held at the U of D. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

A dunk contest, three-point shooting contest and some highlight reel plays were at center stage at the Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Blue team won the girls’ contest 54-52 before following with an 89-83 victory in the boys’ game. The Blue, which represented New Castle County schools, also won the girls’ three-point shooting contest as a team.

The Gold’s Thomas Hoskins of Lake Forest won the slam dunk contest with a perfect score of 30 in the final round. Hoskins made all three of his dunks in the first round to make the finals and used a reverse throw down to win it.

“I didn’t think I would win it, I was just doing it because I can dunk and it would be fun,” Hoskins said. “It was crazy. We all did some crazy dunks.”

Hoskins had an even better dunk in the preliminary round which energized the crowd. He took off from the CAA logo in front of the free throw line and finished with a one-handed slam.

Maggie Connolly (Ursuline) and Zhane Snow (Concord), representing the Blue team, won the girl’s three-point shooting contest.

The girls’ game came down to the wire. The Blue managed to hold off the Gold team after a couple of missed free throws in the final seconds.

Smyrna’s Greg Bloodsworth appears to defy the laws of gravity as he sails through the air for a layup Saturday Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Dover’s Tajanae Henry-Coney was the top scorer for the Gold girls’ team. She dropped 12 points while Cape Henlopen’s Sydney Pedersen added six points with five rebounds and Tamara Evans of Seaford scored six points too.

Maia Bryson also scored six points for the Gold. Bryson, who also had three rebounds, was one of three Caravel girls’ playing for the Gold team.

Jacarra Jackson (Dover), Alexis Reid (Caesar Rodney) and Dah’Naija Barnes (St. Thomas More) contributed four points for the Gold.

Ian Robertson of Cape Henlopen was the leading scorer for the boys’ Gold squad with 11 points. Caleb Matthews, the Smyrna senior who just won Player of the Year, was the only other Gold player in double figures with 10 points.

Matthews added four points and three assists. Robertson meanwhile recorded a team-high six rebound.

Seaford’s Tamara Evans drives to the basket for an underhand layup in the first half of the annual Blue-Gold All-Star game Saturday.. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Hassan Corbin (Woodbridge) scored nine points while Greg Bloodswroth of Smyrna and Ethan Lambert of Seaford had eight each. Hoskins followed with six points.

“I would describe this game as happiness it was so exciting playing with everybody from the other schools,” Hoskins said. “It was a great experience for all of us. It was a fun day.”

But for the seniors, the results didn’t matter as much as they normally do.

“I’ll always remember how much fun we had,” Hoskins said. “It was a good day period. I’ll always remember this.”

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