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Eric Vasquez, of Imlay City, lofts up a shot in traffic as a Cros-Lex counterpart defends during the Blue Water All-Star Basketball Game last Thursday at Richmond High School. Vasquez and his teammates put up a good fight, only to fall by a 92-84 count in overtime. photo by Kevin Kissane.
June 20, 2007
TRI-CITY AREA — Capac's Alan Browning, Almont's Andrew Malburg and Imlay City's Eric Vasquez competed for the West squad in a 92-84 overtime setback to the East team at the Blue Water Area All-Star Basketball Game last Thursday night.

Richmond High School is where the action unfolded.

In Thursday's contest, the West team opened up a 23-11 cushion midway through half number one.

The West squad then followed it up with a 27-20 run encompassing a 10-minute span.

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That staked the West to an imposing 50-31 advantage at the halftime break.

It looked as if the outcome had already been decided, or so the West side must have thought anyway.

The East saw to it that the eventual victor would remain in doubt a bit longer, starting half number two with a 39-20 run which ate 15:50 off the clock.

That squared the scoreboard count at 70 points per side.

The remaining four minutes-plus of regulation would see the lead exhange hands several times.

With 2.5 seconds remaining and the score tied at 79 points, the West inbounded the basketball with hopes of putting an end to things. They passed the ball over to Vasquez, who launched an attempt from trifecta territory.

For awhile it looked as if the shot may just connect.

Instead, his effort from the left corner hit the rim and fell out. It was on to overtime.

In the extra three-minute session, the East started things off with five straight points. That left them holding a 84-79 edge with 1:55 to play.

The East then followed it up with an 8-5 run over the next minute-plus, assuring themselves of a 92-84 triumph when the final buzzer sounded.

Richmond's Jake Stark (15 points, including a pair of trifectas) and Cros-Lex's Karl Kaufman (15, featuring a trey) proved the East's top offensive threats. Harbor Beach's Kevin Ginther (12 points, with a triple), Carsonville-Port Sanilac's Chais Fleming (11) and Cros-Lex's Andrew Foley (10) hit for double figures as well. Their remaining points went to Cros-Lex's Garrett Grundman (six, including a trifecta), Deckerville's Seth McVittie (four), Cros-Lex's Gabe Lazurka, Algonac's Randy Hill, New Haven's Edward Sims and Peck's Michael Pries (a trey apiece), New Haven's Robert Crayton and Marysville's Ryan Beaudry (two each) and Cardinal Mooney's John Broderick (one).

Marine City's Mike Sposite also suited up for the East team but did not score.

Kingston's Brandon Jones paced the West squad with 19 points. Kingston's Tristin Pennington (14 points, featuring a pair of treys) and Brown City's Justin McPhail (10, with a triple) made their presence felt as well.

The West squad had eight other players connect. Their ranks consisted of Port Huron High's Nick Oberski (nine points), Port Huron Northern's Chad Coats (eight), Kingston's Nathan Harneck (six), Browning (five), Port Huron Northern's Dre Henderson, Sandusky's Chad Schmidt and Malburg (four each) and Marlette's Kevin Mroczek (one).

Vasquez also competed for the West side but did not reach the scoring column.

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