OBERLIN — Jason Moore brought something to the court rarely seen in all-star games Sunday night at the Gene Legeza Classic — intensity.
The Oberlin standout scored 37 points, including five 3-pointers, to help lead his West squad to a 113-106 win over the East team in the annual gathering of Lorain County’s best seniors.
Moore set the tone for the night early in the first half with a powerful dunk that gave his team a 6-4 lead. By halftime he had 15 points — but he wasn’t done yet.
Moore added 22 points in the second half, putting the West ahead 95-84 after hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers with seven minutes to play.
“I was representing the whole town of Oberlin tonight,” Moore said. “I wanted to come out and put on a show for everybody. I got hot in the second half and these guys on this team were all very unselfish and they kept feeding me the ball as long as I stayed hot.”
Columbia’s Jacob Simon added 21 points for the West, while Raiders teammate Zach Stopper tossed in 16.
“Emotionally, before the game, it’s kinda rough knowing it’s your last high school game ever and the more you think about that the more you really want to go out and play well,” Simon said. “I’ve haven’t touched a basketball since our last game, but yet when I came out here my shot felt good. I don’t know how they were going in.”
A 3-pointer from Avon’s Jack Poyle gave the East a 36-34 lead with 7:05 to play in the first half, completing a comeback from a 15-point deficit. The teams went into the locker room tied at 44 after the 20-minute half.
Lorain’s Louis Cheers, who earlier in the night finished second in the dunk contest, slammed it down three times when it mattered the most to lead the East with 24 points.
“It was fun being out here tonight,” Cheers said. “I know a lot of these guys outside of basketball so it was like a reunion for me. I wanted to go out and put on a show because I didn’t win the dunk contest. But we also wanted to win. We were playing for the win but we just ran out of time.”
Elyria’s Kody Bender, the Mr. Basketball winner, put an exclamation point on his high school career with 21 points.
The game was played at a rapid pace with both teams running fastbreaks nonstop. There were only two fouls called in the game, with Simon and Stopper each making both of their free throws.
Oberlin’s Marcus Bailey had 15 points for the West while Midview’s Wes Davic (West) and Elyria Catholic’s Tyler Riddell (East) each had 12 points.
West 113, East 106
West (113): Zach Stopper 7-2-16, Jacob Simon 7-2-21, Joe Hyster 1-0-2, Jason Moore 16-0-37, Marcus Bailey 6-0-15, Wes Davic 6-0-12, Anthony Rini 0-0-0, Clifton Brown 0-0-0, Alex Robinson 3-0-6, Adam Hopkins 2-0-4 . Totals 48-4-113.
East (106): Jimmy Hessel 4-0-9, Jack Poyle 4-0-11, Tyler Riddell 5-0-12, Kody Bender 10-0-21, Louis Cheers 12-0-24, Nate Inal 3-0-8, Dylan Weidrick 6-0-13, Luck Parker 1-0-3, Danny Whitacre 2-0-5. Totals 47-0-106.
West 44 69 — 113
East 44 62 — 106
Three-point goals: West (Simon 5, Moore 5, Bailey 3), East (Poyle 3, Inal 2, Riddell 2, Hessell, Whitacre, Bender, Weidrick, Parker); Field goals: West 48-109 (44 percent), Gold 47-111 (42 percent); Free throws: West 4-4 (100 percent), East 0-0; Rebounds: West 59, East 45; Turnovers: West 14, East 10.
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