East-West All-Star basketball action

*****Special to greensborosports.com by Jim Modlin(Fitness Today Randleman Road location)

The 59th East-West All Star games got underway last night at the coliseum. In the opener, the West girls had a nice first half, leading 37-23. In the second half the lead was as high as 49-31. The comeback was to follow for the East, outscoring the West 44-18 to finish the game. Your final East 75-West 67. In the boys game, Page coach Robert Kent said his players could not beleive he was talking about defense in practice. This was, after all, an all star game, right? Well, the boys must have gotten the message, as defense and relatively unselfish play helped the West win the contest 81-75. Northeast’s Mezie Uzochukwu played his usual, hard working, relentless, hustling on every play type game that we saw many times while at Northeast Guilford. He finished with 16 points-7 for 7 from the field, along with 8 boards. His future teamate at S.C. Upstate, Dudley’s Josh Chavis had a couple of key steals and controlled the ball down the stretch, making nice decisions with the ball, much like he did during his high school career at Dudley. For the East, North Carolina bound Kenneth Bazemore is a high flyer, with unlimited potential as a big time college player. As you would expect lots of people related to high school sports were in attendence. To mention a few, newly elected N.C. High School coaches president and Eastern Alamance coach John Moon, basketball offficial extraordinaire, Jimmy Fuqua, Northeast Guilford coach-Curtis Hunter, West all star asst. football coach Todd Shuping, head of all things official-Wayne Butler and the golden voice of Larry Dunlap on the p.a. *****Jim Modlin AM 1070 Sports 8:25am Mon.-Friday*****