Blue guard Brady Wise’s baseline two-hand slam dunk gave Blue a 52-51 lead late in the third quarter in sensational fashion, as Blue made up a 39-33 halftime deficit against White in the 39th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic.
However, White regained the lead in the fourth quarter behind its perimeter shooting and never looked back during a 89-79 win Saturday night at Neosho High.
Six-foot-4 big man Gavin Dunnam scored a game-high 25 points to lead Blue, scoring on a number of second-chance opportunities and smooth moves around the basket. Dunnam was called for a rare traveling violation in an all-star game.
In his final appearance on his old home floor before he leaves for collegiate destination Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Wise scored 19 points, highlighted by his slam dunk.
Dustin McDermott added 13 points to complete the trio of Newton County players finishing in double figures for Blue.
Logan Baker scored eight points for Blue with a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays, Andrew Corle hit for seven, Dunnam’s former high school teammate Brett Reeves added four, and Garrett Tharp rounded out the scoring with three points.
White received double-digit scoring nights from all six players — Logan Sparkman led the way with 20 points, Cade Holman and Chase Johnson each added 17, Kyle Nichols hit five 3-point shots en route to 15 points, and Marcus Wright and Alex Pickett each rounded it out with 10 points.
White hit six 3-point shots alone in the fourth quarter and 14 overall for the contest, scoring nearly half of its 89 points on long-range shots.
That’s the difference in the game right there.
Gold 66, Purple 51
In the opening girls contest, it was Gold guard Rylee Neill who proved golden and who made all (or at least most) of the difference on the scoreboard.
Neill, a former Lockwood standout, scored a game-high 30 points, including 23 in the second half and 14 alone in the third quarter as Gold extended a 24-20 halftime lead to a 47-36 lead after three quarters due to a 23-16 third.
Neill hit long-range, mid-range, and short-range shots, and seemed to get better as the game went on.
Carly Spencer and Megan Scott added 16 and 10 points, respectively, to provide some interior punch and that balance that’s good for successful basketball teams.
Purple guards Marlee Lett and Kinsey Sorrell led the way for their team with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while recent Neosho graduate Caitlyn Jordon played her final game at her former high school gym before she moves on to NCAA Division II Northwest Missouri. Jordon finished with four points.