Area players shine in Sun Classic
Jonesboro High School was the setting as 20 senior girls and 20 senior boys suited up for the Sun Classic basketball games this past Sunday. In the girls contest, Hannah Willard of Bay was named most valuable player after scoring 17 points and pulling down five rebounds as her white squad posted a 95-72 win. In the boys game, Darius Ivy of Marked Tree had 16 points and Tyson Oliver of Bay ended with 14 points as the blue team posted a 106-83 victory.
In the girls game, the white team jumped out to an 8-0 as Marked Tree's Poohnu Perry scored three points as each group of five played for five minutes. Willard had a basket as the white team stretched their lead to 12-4 before the blue team stormed back closing the quarter with a 9-2 run to make it 14-13 white after one.
Perry had two free throws as the score went back and forth and was tied at 18 before the white team went on a 22-3 run to go up 40-21 at the half. Willard had 10 points during the run hitting two jumpers and two three-pointers.
Perry nailed a three-ball and Willard hit a jumper during the third period as the white team would be up 65-42 at the end of three.
Perry had a good fourth period with seven points. Perry hit another three-pointer, scored inside and got a steal and lay up. Willard scored the games final points with a three-pointer to set the final.
Perry finished with 14 points.
In the boys contest, the blue team decided to play on both sides of the ball as they posted a 106-83 win. Four of the five area players scored in double digits.
The opening period saw both teams running and gunning from the tip off. EPC's Jammar Srudivant's basket gave the Blue team a short lived 8-7 lead as the team traded baskets early. Allen Buchanan of Marked Tree got inside to score putting the white team up five. Bay's Dylan Loven and Marked Tree's Darius Ivy both had four points each late in the period as the blue team took control of the game.
The blue team stretched the lead early in the second period as Sturdivant hit one of two free throws and Bay's Tyson Oliver got inside for a couple baskets. Buchanan helped the white team cut the lead as he scored six points on an 8-0 run that included two thundering alley-oop slams. The blue team just kept coming as they built a 48-42 lead at the half.
The third period saw the teams race up and down the court and trade baskets for the most part of the period. The blue team closed the period with a 10-5 run to make the score 70-60. Oliver and Ivy both scored four in the period as Sturdivant and Buchanan each had two.
The final period saw the pace stay the same but the blue team stiffened on defense as they outscored the white team 36-23 in the period. Buchanan scored eight points, Sturdivant six, Ivy four and Oliver and Loven each had two points in the final period.
Buchanan led all scorers with 18 points. Ivy finished with 16 points, Strudivant tossed in 13 points, Oliver netted 12 points and Loven scored eight points.