North boys dominate South

Published 5:00 am Monday, July 16, 2007

CLINTON – In was a clean sweep for the North in the 53rd annualMississippi Association of Coaches High School All-Star basketballgames for rising seniors, Saturday afternoon at MississippiCollege’s A.E. Woods Coliseum.

In the girls game, the North registered a 66-49 win over theSouth. The North boys would follow suit, winning their fifth in thelast seven meeting of this series by smashing the South squad117-86 in record fashion.

The South still leads the all-time series 33-20 that dates backto 1955. The 117 points, scored by the North, broke the previousrecord of 115 that was set by the North in 2003.

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North 117, South 86

The South opened the game with an offensive putback by ChrisWallace of Jackson Wingfield. Apparently that was the wake-up callthat the North needed.

Dandy Dozen senior-to-be Scottie Haralson of Provine sacked hisfirst 2 treys of the game on his way 8 first-half points. Coupledwith baskets and free throws from Vincenzo Newsome and JeremyNewsome, the North had jetted out to a comfortable 16-8 advantageand they never looked back.

Haralson, a 6-foot-5 guard, was named the game’s Most ValuableOffensive Player. He tallied a game-high 20 points, 3 steals and 3assists. North co-coaches Herman Sanders (Wingfield) and KeithWilliams (Hinds AHS) saw their team take a 60-40 cushion into thehalftime locker room.

The North continued their dominance in the second half, leadingby as many as 32 points; before settling for the 29-point margin ofvictory. They outrebounded the South 60-40, and had 17 turnovers tothe South’s 14.

Following Haralson in double figures was Romero Osby (NELauderdale) with 19 points. New Hope’s Rashanti Harris pumped 16points. Vincenzo Nelson (Clinton) and Jeremy Newsome (Okolona) eachtossed in 13 points. Lanier’s Lamar Williams had 11.

Newsome (13) and Harris (10) led off the backboards.

Osby was named the game’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.Brandon Mitchell of Humphreys County received the game ball forselling the most ads in the game program.

The South was led by Terrell Kennedy of Forest Hill with 15points and 7 rebounds. Scott Central’s Kenneth Barlow added 14points. Chris Wallace of Wingfield chipped in 11 points.

Chris Dees of Picayune had 6 rebounds. Ananza Richardson(Wingfield) dished out a game-high 4 assists.

Barlow received the Coach Michael Crouthers Sportsmanship Award.The award is named in honor of former Northwest Rankin head coachMichael Crouthers who died in a tragic car accident in 2006.