TAMPA — East Hillsborough County will own bragging rights for a year after sweeping the boys and girls all-star games at the United Negro College Fund All-Star Classic Friday — with a little help from the West.
With the game tied and half a second on the clock in the boys game, West All-Stars coach Eric Hayes called a timeout for one last possession, but instead he incurred a technical foul for having no timeouts available.
Chris Collins of Plant City missed the first technical free throw but made the second, giving the East Boys All-Stars a 58-57 win and the sweep. The East girls won, 46-28.
For one player in particular, the classic was more than an all-star game.
Lennard’s Trey Jones, a key member of the state final four team, did not play in the Class 6A state semifinals last week after suffering a concussion in the region championship.
Jones was cleared to play Monday, and he won the slam dunk contest and scored five points for the East.
“It brings hope back,” Jones said. “It allowed me to be on the court one last time.”
Collins led the East boys with 11 points, while Bloomingdale’s Grant Townsend earned MVP honors for the East with six points and a few blocks. Tampa Catholic’s Sam Harris was the West’s MVP.
In the girls game, three players scored nine points to lead the East to a win. Armwood’s Keaundra Ivory, who helped the Hawks reach the region final, was named the East’s MVP while Blake’s Demaria Muldrow was named the West’s MVP.
Ashley McWilliams of Holy Names won the girls three-point contest while Brandon’s Khevin Wilson won the boys. Wharton’s Scott Sollazzo and Hillsborough Brianna Honeywell each received $500 scholarships and Hayes, Jefferon’s boys coach, was named the Sam Horton Coach of the Year.