ROCKVILLE — Thursday night’s Montgomery County Senior All-Star Game at Montgomery College featured highlight reel dunks and very little defense from both teams.
Richard Montgomery’s Daryn Alexander and Northwest’s Norval Black erupted for 27 points each to lead the North team past the South, 144-137.
Alexander and Black were teammates last year for Vernon Buckle’s Montgomery County Heat AAU basketball program Team Vito so they had some familiarity with each other entering Thursday’s contest and their skills were displayed on the hardwood.
“We didn’t talk [prior to the game],” said Alexander, “We just got that chemistry from AAU so it was fun playing in this game, too.”
During the 2017-18 campaign, Alexander averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game for the Rockets. The three-year varsity performer finished his high school career with 53 wins and more than 900 points and was glad to be selected to participate in the all-star game.
“I was selected for a reason,” said Alexander, “so I just came to ball out and have fun.”
Alexander, who guided Richard Montgomery to a 19-11 record this season, said he looks forward to the next phase of his basketball career as he heads off to play at Salisbury University in Wicomico County.
“I want to see how much I can get better in basketball,” said Alexander, “because next year I’ll be on my own a lot.”
The North squad also received standout performances from Quince Orchard’s Daniel Dorsey and Einstein’s Damian Remoe-Doherty who each finished with 17 points and Damascus senior Mason Green who scored 12 points.
Meanwhile, eight players scored in double figures for the South squad including Paint Branch senior Xavier Reaves who finished with a team-high 19 points.
Clarksburg’s Stephen Armstrong, Springbrook’s Cam Rucker, Kennedy’s Jason Nyamey, Blake’s Donnell Whitmore, Paint Branch’s Bobby Miller, Whitman’s Joey Squeri and Kennedy’s Nick Johnson also contributed double figures for the South team.
Rucker, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward who finished with 17 points, dunked with 5:51 remaining to cut the deficit to 127-122 but the North team still could not be contained down the stretch.
“They had a little bit more size, a little bit more athleticism at the rim,” said Northwest head coach Rob Smith, who guided the North team. “We knew we had a little bit more shooters and guards which in an all-star game is going to come in handy so it helps.”