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East squad slips past West, 69-68


Coleman, Jackson compete for West



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June 18, 2008
TRI-CITY AREA — Imlay City's Chris Coleman and Capac's Dan Jackson suited up for the West team in a 69-68 loss to the East squad last Thursday evening at the Blue Water Area All-Star Basketball Game hosted by Richmond High School.

In Thursday's confrontation, the West jumped out to a 9-7 advantage with 5:56 elapsed.

The next 14 minutes-plus would also prove closely contested.

It was there the East was able to put together a 28-27 run, whittling their deficit to 36-35 at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, the momentum shifted back over to the West side.

Thanks to a 20-15 run covering a 10-minute stretch, the West was able to forge a 56-50 advantage with 10 minutes remaining.

The East then saw to it that cushion would not hold up for long, rattling off six straight points over the next 54 seconds of play.

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Capacís Dan Jackson shoots over Port Huron Northernís Jay Thames in action last Thursday. photo by Kevin Kissane.
That squared the scoreboard count at 56 points per side.

The final nine minutes-plus would see the lead exhanged several times.

It was there the East tallied 13 points and the West managed 12, leaving the former with 69-68 win to celebrate when the final scores were added up.

For the East, Marysville's Joe Jones (17 points) and Port Huron Northern's Jay Thames (11) proved their top offensive threats. They were backed by Richmond's Andy Malburg and Dan Schroeder (six points each), Port Huron Northern's Spencer Thomas, Port Huron High's John Nevado, Cros-Lex's Nick Lazurka and Marysville's Zak Vanlooy (four apiece), Peck's Michael Mann (three) plus Carsonville-Port Sanilac's Justin Taylor and Marine City's Steve Faucher (two each).

Ubly's Grant Pichla and Peck's Bryan Carrier also competed for the East team but did not score.

Sandusky's Derek Neumeyer paced the West with 10 points. Their remaining points went to Marlette's Dave Bliss (eight points, including a pair of trifectas), Memphis Ben Abraham and Imlay City's Chris Coleman (eight apiece), Brown City's Donovan Ogboh and Yale's Aaron Zimmerman (six, featuring a trey, each), Yale's Pat Pierce (five, with a triple) along with Capac's Dan Jackson, New Haven's Michaelangelo Lee and Brown City's Jon Muxlow (two apiece).

Armada's Jordan Krause also suited up for the West squad but did not reach the scoring column.

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