State Player of the Year Jon Elmore (George Washington) logged one final outstanding performance before heading off to play at VMI, leading the South squad to a 104-88 victory in the 32nd Annual North/South All-Star Basketball Classic. Elmore’s 25 points led all scorers and earned him MVP honors for the South. Wade Martin (Point Pleasant) scored 18 points and was named MVP for the North.
The game was tightly contested early, as David Park (Wheeling Central) paced the North with eight quick points. Through the middle part of the first half, though, the South steadily built a lead and briefly pushed the margin over 20 points before taking a 53-36 lead into the half.
The North made a quick run to open the second half to cut their deficit to just 12. Elmore and the South squad responded, however, and built back their lead. The South played with a lead of more than 20 points for most of the second half as they coasted to the victory.
Four members of the South team joined Elmore in double figures. Arick Nicks (Huntington) and Josh Tunstalle (Greenbrier East) scored 13 apiece, Zach Fisher (Winfield) added 11, and Anthony Billings (South Charleston) 10. Carrington Morris (Capital), Donte Nabors (Woodrow Wilson), and Garret McCarty (Charleston Catholic) each finished with 8 points.
Jerome Jones (Washington) led the North squad with 23 points, and Park finished with 20 to go with Martin’s 18. Jacob Neal (Roane County) joined that trio in double figures with 13.
The win is the third in a row for the South, and it pushes their all-time record in the game to 26-6.
Tucker County’s Tom Gutshall, who won more than 500 games before retiring at the end of the 2013-14 season, coached the North alongside Washington’s Don Bullett. The South squad was coached by a pair of recently retired state championship coaches in Charleston Catholic’s Bill McClanahan and Winfield’s Pat McGinnis.
(Note: Several changes were made from the original rosters that were released due to injuries, college commitments, and other reasons.)
Jon Elmore (George Washington)—25
Arick Nicks (Huntington)—13
Josh Tunstalle (Greenbrier East)—13
Zach Fisher (Winfield)—11
Anthony Billings (South Charleston)—10
Carrington Morris (Capital)—8
Donte Nabors (Woodrow Wilson)—8
Garret McCarty (Charleston Catholic)—8
Brynden Street (Logan)—4
Raeshawn Breckenridge(Valley Fayette)—2
Nick George (Charleston Catholic)—2
Taylor Hearn (Winfield)—0
Tyus Wood (Riverside)—DNP (injury)
Jerome Jones (Washington)—23
David Park (Wheeling Central)—20
Wade Martin (Point Pleasant)—18
Jacob Neal (Roane County)—13
Cal Cistaro (Notre Dame)—6
John Riley (Lewis County)—4
Cody McClung (Nicholas County)—2
Jacob Martin (Ravenswood)—2
Ben Collie (Parkersburg Catholic)—0
Ian Nichols (Tucker County)–0