KNIGHTSTOWN — Hoosier Gym was the site of Saturday’s inaugural Hoosier Hardwood Basketball Association East-West All-Star game, and those in attendance were treated to an up-and-down the court, high-scoring game.
When the final buzzer sounded, the East had recorded a 133-129 victory over the West.
The contest was tight throughout. The East had a 31-27 advantage after one quarter of play before the West hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to tie the game 64-64 at intermission.
The West outscored the East 34-31 to take a 98-95 lead after three periods before the East outscored the West in the fourth quarter 38-31 to emerge with the four-point win.
For the victorious East, DeVonte Smith of the Pendleton Legends led the way in scoring with 39 points, followed by Kellen Dunham of the Pendleton Legends with 34, Asauhn Dixon-Tatum of the Pendleton Legends 19, and Aaron Larson of the Pendleton Legends 16.
Also for the East, Deshon Heyen of the Terre Haute Sharp Shooters added eight points, Troy Taylor from the Pendleton Legends seven, and Steven Davis and Jalen Owens, both from the Terre Haute Sharp Shooters, scored five points apiece.
For the West, Jeff Early Jr. from the New Castle Night Hawks tallied a game-high 43 points, followed by Tyquan Stroman of the Southern Indiana TimberJacks with 33, Tommie McCune of the Southern Indiana TimberJacks with 21, and Sean Sellers of the New Castle Night Hawks with 18.
Also for the West, Trevon Bently of the Southern Indiana TimberJacks had 10 points and Chris Brand of the New Castle Night Hawks had four. Markell Bradshaw of the Southern Indiana TimberJacks played but did not score.
For the East, Smith led in offensive rebounds with five, Dunham led in defensive rebounds with 13, and Taylor led in both assists and steals with 11 and five, respectively.
For the West, Stroman led in offensive rebounds with five, Brand led in defensive rebounds with 17, Early Jr. and McCune tied for tops in assists with four each, and Bently, McCune, and Stroman tied for the lead in steals with two apiece. Brand, Bently, and Stroman each blocked a shot.