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July 22, 2013

NC East vs West All-Star Game

Greensboro: Even though the season has been over for most of these players at their schools, some of the top players were able to gather Monday night in Greensboro for the annual East vs. West All-Star Game at the Greensboro Coliseum.

It is the 65th annual Men's Basketball game, featuring some of the top players that played in the state of North Carolina. Several players are heading throughout the country, to take their talents to several colleges. Most of the players have had success at their high school careers, with multiple players being player of the year in the respected conferences and with them earning several individual awards also.

With the players eager to start the game after all the names being announced on the rosters, the game finally tipped off and the show was on.

The East squad was able to start of quickly, as Devonte Graham scored a quick five points for his squad in the first quarter. However, the West squad, a team that seemed to have length at most positions on the floor, were able to get in the paint early.

The game went back and forth in the first quarter, with shots falling all over the court, as the West squad tied the game at 16 early on with a Darren Black three. But, back came the East team, as Logan Evans came in and gave the East team valuable minutes and scoring five quick points, eventually pushing the lead to as many as 7 points in the first.

After the first quarter though, the players started to get loose on the court, as the shots started to fall even more and the players started to get into the game flow a little more.

UNCG commit Clay Byrd, who averaged 26.7 points per game his senior season, hit his second three pointer at that point and eventually started to hit some big shots for the West Team during the second quarter, showing his scoring ability. Even Craig Hinton was able to put on a highlight for the West squad, as he was able to steal the ball before slamming a 360 dunk that brought noise around the arena.

The second quarter ended with the East still leading though, 44-36 at halftime, as Devonte Green made a crowd-standing dunk with a break away, off the backboard slam, and topped it off with a little smile to the crowd right before halftime.

After halftime though, the East squad started to take over, as the shots just didn't fall for the West squad and while the East team started to get easy buckets down low in the paint. Buckets left and right started to come for the East, as another UNCG commit Tyrone Outlaw was able slam home a few crowd pleasing dunks, bringing the excitement into the game.

After three and with the East squad leading 71-56 and the game looking close to being in hand, the two teams still were competitors on the floor and battling against each other.

The East continued to pound it down in the paint, whether it was the forwards down low grabbing rebounds or the guards getting into the lane for easy scores. The head coach for the East, Grady Williams continued to coach his team, preaching to his team to hustle and praising his team ability to score easy buckets on the offensive end.

In the end, the East squad, led by Devonte Graham with 20 points in the game, scored to many easy buckets down low, against a little smaller West team. The ability to rebound and get offensive rebounds, while their continuing attack to attack the paint, secured the victory for the East.

The West shot 12 of 26 from behind the three and were out rebounded 50-41 in the game. The East team shot a total 43 of 78 from the floor, and had 25 assists in the game.

The final score of the game was 107-84 for the East team. Even though the game was in hand most of the second half, the two teams started to give the crowd something to go home with, as each team showed off their athletic ability with some high rising dunks.

The MVP of the game ended up being Tyrone Outlaw for the East squad with 16 points and seven rebounds on 7 of 10 shooting from the floor.

Check out the stats from the game below:

Women's Game

In the Women's matchup, the game was a little closer as both teams were going back and forth and was tight til the end.

J'Kyra Brown, who will be attending East Carolina University next year, stepped up late for the East squad, hitting a free throw that pushed the lead to six points and creating a late game turnover that would eventually allow the East team to secure the victory and retaining the title back for the East team.

DeAnneisha Jackson, who was a McDonald's All-American nominee and will be attending High Point University next year, took home the MVP award for the East squad, scoring 12 points and hauling in seven rebounds. Mylia Garner, who was named NCPreps 2A Player of the Year as a junior and averaged 19.2 points per game last year as a senior, led the team in scoring for the West squad, scoring 16 points for them.

Here is a box score and final stats of the game for the Women's Game:

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