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Prep stars shine at HCC

March 23, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

There were more than a few oohs and aahs heard during the fourth annual Roundball Classic, a daylong marathon of basketball at Hagerstown Community College on Sunday.

The Roundball Classic is a regional showcase of basketball talent. Players from the East Coast came to play one last high school game while hoping to catch the eye of one of the many college coaches in attendance.

There were plenty of rim-rattling dunks and 3-pointers falling in the Boys Premier game, the final contest of the five-game extravaganza.

The highlight of the day for Tri-State players was provided by Morgan McIntire of Heritage Academy who stood tallest among her peers in the girls Classic Elite game.

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Kierah Hicks of Western and David Hobel of Mountian Ridge won the two 3-point shootouts. Greg Edwards of Susquehanna Township won the slam dunk title with a windmill dunk that pleased the judges.

The five games featured many more glittering performances.

Boys Shooting Stars



The teams battled back and forth in the first half until the American team took charge by erasing a five-point halftime deficite late in the the third quarter.

Boonsboro's Shane Zbir set the pace for the Americans with 10 points.

The Americans used a 15-0 run, led by six points by Broadfording Christian's Armando Miller, to break a 51-51 tie in the fourth period.

Leon Porter, of St. Vincent Pallotti, was named most valuable player with 11 points, three steals and a pair of assists.

Girls Classic Elite



McIntire showed the crowd at Hagerstown Community College that the girl from the little Christian school can play with the big girls.

McIntire won most valuable player honors by scoring 21 points to lead the Americans to a 57-52 victory. She took control by scoring 17 points in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers while showing some nifty moves the paint, to become a crowd delight.

"I had some motivation," said McInitire. "I wanted to show I could play. It was a great experience playing with girls from other leagues."

The Americans grabbed an 11-0 lead behind five points by Jasmine Brown of Riverdale Baptist.

The Nationals took a 44-42 lead early in the third period.

North Hagerstown's LaRae Allen's putback gave the Americans a 50-49 lead before McIntire followed with a pair of goals to begin putting the game out of reach.

Allen had eight points to back McInitire. Fourteen players scored for the National, led by Holy Cross' NaTasha Thames with nine.

Boys Four-State Elite



Matt Johnson of James Wood (Va.) scored a quick five points in the second period to fuel an American uprising for a 37-26 halftime lead en route to a 67-63 win.

Johnson, the game's most valuable player, added five more of his game-high 14 points down the stretch to hold off the National team.

Biniak MacGyver of Howard led the National team with 10 points. St. James' Mike Russ had five points, while Brent Bell of North Hagerstown and Mike Warrenfeltz of Williamsport scored four points each.

Girls Premier



The National team bolted to a 31-21 halftime lead, thanks mostly to two quick 3-pointers before intermission by Rahneeka Saunders of Riverdale Baptist. The flurry added a little spark to an otherwise lackluster first half of shooting by both teams.

The Americans gradually pushed back into contention in the second half to take a 52-51 lead with 5:38 remaining when North Hagerstown's Kirksten Mitchell hit a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Shavonne Duckey of Lackey, who has been recruited by George Mason, hit a 3-pointer to give the National team a 54-52 lead it never relinquished.

Saunders was named the most valuable player for her 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game.

Boys Premier



Kansas-bound Thomas Robinson, of Brewster (N.H.) Prep via Riverdale Baptist, snared most valuable players as the National team stole a 103-101 victory over the Americans in the final seconds.

Robinson delighted the crowd with two strong dunks, hit 7 of 8 from the line, scored inside and out and ended with 29 points.

But National teammate Derrick Thomas of St. John's College, a Drexel University recruit, turned the table in the waning moments.

Thomas drove the length of the floor after a rebound to score and tie the game at 101-all. He immediately stole the American inbound pass and scored with 2.3 seconds remaining to win the game.

Christian Weber of Landon School, a Harvard recruit, led the Americans with 20 points.

Hedgesville's J.R. Mayles had six points for the Nationals.

Isaac Thornton, who returned home from Charleston, W.Va. around 2 a.m. after his Martinsburg team won the West Virginia state title, played and scored two points for the Americans.

The teams combined for 20 3-point goals.

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