MVP leads all-star win

First Posted: 4/4/2012

ARCHBALD – Malik Draper led all players in scoring and shared the Red team lead in rebounds and steals during the March 27 Lackawanna League Boys’ Basketball All-Star Game at Valley View High School.

As a result, Draper earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Red, which he led to a 100-72 victory over the Blue.

Draper finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals and combined with Scranton teammate Terry Turner to help the Red take charge following a fast start by the Blue.

Turner had 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Montrose’s Tom Lewis had 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Lakeland’s Alex Filarsky added 11 points in the win.

Honesdale’s Jordan Meyer put on a dunking show in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points and four assists to earn Blue MVP honors.

Stephen Miller, Lackawanna Trail’s 7-foot center, had 17 points and game-high totals of 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Miller helped the Red take an 18-9 lead in the first 4:15 when he hit his first three shots. He scored seven points and blocked three shots.

A 3-pointer by Dunmore’s Jordan Dempsey helped the Red close the half on a 6-2 run to a 49-43 lead.

Draper scored four points when the Red added the first six of the second half for a 55-43 lead. He joined Turner and Riverside’s Jerry Kincel in scoring six points each to key a 28-12, third-quarter advantage that broke the game open, 77-55.

The fourth quarter turned into showtime with four dunks by Meyer — two windmill deliveries from the baseline, one on an alley-oop from Blue Ridge’s Alex Cardoza and one when the Red defense gave him enough room to throw the ball off the backboard to himself.

Miller and Draper also dunked late in the game with Draper’s giving the Red the 100-point mark with 40 seconds left.

Scranton’s Tony Battaglia coached the Red and Lackawanna Trail’s Andrew Kettel coached the Blue.

Delaware Valley’s Brandon Angradi won the 3-Point Shooting Contest, beating Dunmore’s Dempsey in the final.

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