September 3, 2014

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Boys basketball all-star game: Former middle school teammates lead way as Red rolls

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton throws down a dunk during the Red Team’s 124-113 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

Elyria’s Isaiah Walton throws down a dunk during the Red Team’s 124-113 win. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria’s Isaiah Walton and Clearview’s Gerrell Williams showed what could’ve been Sunday night.

The pair combined to score 48 points and gave the crowd plenty to cheer about in the Red Team’s 124-113 win over the Blue Team in the annual Gene Legeza Cage Classic at Oberlin College.

Walton and Williams, along with Oberlin’s Charles Lewis, played together in middle school and almost played together in high school before relocating and going to different high schools.

“The most important thing was I got to play with my middle school teammates,” said Walton, who finished with 21 points in the battle of Lorain County senior all-stars. “It was real fun. I can’t really describe it. We always talk about what could’ve been if we got to play together in high school. I couldn’t ask for a better way to end the season than with my closest friends.”

Williams, who led the Red with a team-high 27 points, was also excited about playing with his former teammates.

“It was just like playing at the park with friends,” Williams said. “The refs weren’t calling any fouls either so it was really like a street-ball game. It felt really good that all my preparation paid off.”

Williams and Walton helped build a 14-point halftime lead as they combined to score 36 in the first half.

In the second half, Walton and Williams put on a show. Williams lobbed an alley-oop to Walton, who threw down a dunk that got the crowd on its feet.

The duo wasn’t done. Walton returned the favor, this time throwing up an alley-oop to Williams, who threw down a vicious sla,. Williams got the crowd excited again with a baseline dunk before Walton threw down a two-handed dunk to end the game.

Brookside’s Kelvin Jones scored 20 and Elyria’s A.J. Johnson added 18 to pace the Red. Columbia’s Jay Banyasz added three 3-pointers to finish with nine, while Clearview’s Eric Burkey and Lewis chipped in with eight apiece.

The Blue All-Stars were led by Lorain’s Gerald Howard, who scored a game-high 40 points. Howard wanted to make a statement after having what he called a subpar season.

“I didn’t really have the season I wanted to have,” said Howard, who also grabbed 10 rebounds. “Since the season ended, I’ve been in the gym working. It showed off tonight, I guess. I love that I was able to end my high school career the way I did.”

Keystone’s Matt Bastock and Amherst’s Garrett Klekota joined Howard with double-digit scoring nights with 11 points each for the Blue squad. North Ridgeville’s Nolan Freeman and Avon Lake’s Brad Hamilton added eight apiece.

Cameron Kuhn, who was named Lorain County’s Mr. Basketball before the game, scored just eight points, but was satisfied with the night. He even threw down a dunk with about 30 seconds left in the game for his last high school points.

“This was fun playing against and with my friends,” he said. “What a good time. God put this perfect picture for me, all the stuff that’s happened for me this season. It’s a true blessing to end it like this.”

Contact Steve Walker at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Red 124, Blue 113

RED (124): Gerrell Williams 13-0-27, Brandon Severo 2-0-6, Jay Banyasz 3-0-9, Isaiah Walton 10-0-21, Eric Burkey 3-0-8, Charles Lewis 3-0-8, Daimon Knowles 1-0-2, A.J. Johnson 8-0-18, Grant Overy 2-0-5, Kelvin Jones 10-0-20. Totals 55-0-124.

BLUE (113): Forrest Boyd 4-0-9, Matt Bastock 4-0-11, Dylan Kidd 3-0-6, Garrett Klekota 4-0-11, Jeremy Holley 3-0-6, Gerald Howard 20-0-40, Cameron Kuhn 4-0-8, Seth Muck 3-0-6, Nolan Freeman 4-0-8, Brad Hamilton 4-0-8. Totals 53-0-113.

Red 60 64 — 124

Blue 46 67 — 113

Three-point goals: Red 14-40 (Banyasz 3, Burkey 2, Severo 2, Lewis 2, Johnson 2, Walton, Williams, Overy), Blue 9-34 (Bastock 3, Klekota 3, Kidd 2, Boyd). Field goals: Red 55-111, Blue 53-107. Rebounds: Red 65 (Johnson 15, Williams 10), Blue 55 (Howard 10, Hamilton 10). Turnovers: Red 9, Blue 13.