The boys would have their hands full following the talent on the floor in the girls game before them but with a very skilled coaching staff on both sides and talent in the gym from all over Texas it would live up to its expectation as a true showcase of what our great state offers in basketball.
The 2nd Annual Excel Boys All Star Game got off to a quick start with the South teams young ones showing why San Antonio is a hotbed in Texas for elementary talent. Led by one of the best young big men in the state, Kendrick DeLuna (7 pts 6 rebs.-SA Fire), the South broke out to an early lead. South guard DJ Robles (6 pts 2-2 from arc) of Laredo Rampage shot lights out and Evan Herrera (SA Lil Spurs) ran the point almost to perfection. The young talent from the North would fight back led by Killeen’s pride Johnathan Ellis (7 pts) of the K Town All Stars and the Hill County Hawks assassin Isaiah DeLeon (5 pts 6 rebs.).
After the quick start from the South’s first group the North second team had a lot to overcome. Led by Killeen K Town Bulls back court tandem of Iv’rson Lavizzo (8 pts 2 steals) and CJ Evans (7 pts) along with the scoring juggernauts of Austin New Era’s Syncere Turner (13pts) and Max Smith (9pts) the North climbed back into the game. South would answer every North run with their own with outstanding play by eventual game MVP Isaiah Salazar (16pts) of the San Antonio Fire and solid front court play by big man Adam Benhayoune (12pts 8 rebs) of the HTX Panthers.
With both teams fired up and at their prime in came the big dogs. The High School boys on both sides entertained the capacity crowd with electrifying athletic plays. The best match up came from the South’s Sayvon Frye (18pts 9rebs) of the Texas Champions and Cameron Huntsman (15pts 6rebs) of the North Texas Lakers of Dallas. The talented forwards were Men on the floor going at each other all night long. Another great match up came at the guard position between arguably one of the best true point guards in Cortez Ivie Jr (9pts 8 assists)of the K Town All Stars of Killeen and Sharp Shooting Tanner Brown (12pts 3-4 from arc) of the San Antonio Hoops Elite. Eight Grader Joey Segura (8pts) of the South’s team and Isaiah Elizondo (4 pts) gave us a peak of what they will offer the local high schools next year playing up with the High School boys.
Feels almost unfair all the talented young men we left out of this article. We could literally write a book not a blog about all the highlights and contributions of all 30 All Stars in this game. I can say that I truly got an early Christmas present by being in the audience of this great showcase of young men.
As always the extra hours from the amazing coaches and their programs along with driven parents are the reason that these young men are able to showcase their talents.
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