COLUMBIA – Nearly 30 of the best senior boys basketball players gathered at Howard Community College on Thursday to participate in the annual CKA Senior All Star game.
Eighteen schools, eight counties and two states were represented on the court as the students were divided into two teams: Team CKA and Team SAVE.
Even though Team SAVE led by nine points at the half, Team CKA rallied together and pulled off a win, 99-93.
After the game, St. Andrews guard Lorenzo Bascon and Gwynn Park guard Justin Faison were each named the Most Valuable Player of their respective team. Faison finished the game with 33 points while Bascon posted 20 points.
“It’s a great honor for me to be considered an all-star in high school,” said Faison. “It’s a blessing for me to win MVP and I’m very grateful for that.”
Players were chosen by their coaches based on individual performance during the regular season. Bascon views his invitation to the game as proof that his offseason practice was worth it.
“It caps off a great senior season. I worked hard all summer so my hard work paid off,” he said.
Players from both squads appeared eager to showcase their skills in front of their peers as defenders emphatically blocked shots and guards swung fast passes to their double-teamed teammates.
Team CKA turned up the heat in the second half as Kennedy guard Jonathan Mustamu and St. Andrew’s guard Chris Smalls both earned 11 points. Bethesda – Chevy Chase forward Cameron Galic wasn’t far behind with 10 points of his own.
The lead changed hands several times as Team SAVE seemed to have an answer for every Team CKA bucket.
Faison and Eleanor Roosevelt forward Marquise Certain grabbed rebounds and landed big buckets to put Team SAVE back in the lead.
However, Team SAVE’s lead was short-lived as Galic hit two treys back to back with just a minute left to play.
Kennedy guard Jomaite Tavarez passed to his Team CKA teammate Jordan Stover as seconds ticked off the clock. The Richard Montgomery senior slammed a dunk right at the buzzer to end the game with a bang.
Faison said he still had fun despite his team’s loss.
“I’ve played with a couple of teammates that were on my team and it was a great environment and a nice crowd,” he said. “It’s just a great event, I love it.”
Team CKA included Steve Willis from Southern; Cameron Galic from B-CC; Jordan Stover from Richard Montgomery; Steve Jones and Devon Edelen from King George; Demetri Cooper and Kendall Douglas from Blair; Lorenzo Bascon, Chris Smalls and Dominic Doyle from St. Andrew’s; Andres Escobar, Jordan Dancy and Marcus Green from Springbrook and Jonathan Mustamu and Jomaite Tavarez from Kennedy.
Team SAVE consisted of Timothy Jones from Central; Justin Faison from Gwynn Park; Savion Barnes and Marcel Jenkins from Old Mill; Donovan McCrae from Thomas Stone; Abass Sallah and Ross Young from Sidwell Friends; Nemo Stewart and DJ Hopkins from Huntingtown; Clifton McEachin from Chapelgate; Marquise Certain and Justin Drummond from Eleanor Roosevelt; Jamie Pasha from Bishop Ireton and Nicholas Wright from Flint Hill.
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