Hemingford’s Casey Lashley, Ogallala’s Evan Allen-Mader, and Gordon-Rushville’s Corbin Bailey combined for 67 points as the Red all-star team ran past the Blue 116-109 in the Panhandle Prep All-Star Boys Basketball Game Saturday evening at Western Nebraska Community College.
Lashley, who finished with 20 points, including two clutch free throws with 10.9 seconds left to seal the win, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
“I was a little bit surprised,” said Lashley, who is headed to Doane University to play basketball. “I just go out there and play. I love playing basketball and I go out there and play my hardest in whatever I do. I was a little surprised, but I felt I played a solid game.”
Lashley said his team scored well all game, but had rough spots throughout until the second half when they opened up the game.
“We came out pretty well shooting at first and then I felt like we got quite a bit of fun in and went rough there for a little bit,” he said. “Overall we had great guards to play with. I love playing with people that pass the ball and can shoot. They are a great group of talented guys.”
The Blue team had six players finish with double-digit scoring. Bridgeport’s Drake DeMasters finished with 21 points while Chadron’s Pat Rust had 20 points. Douglas’ Kenyion Townsend tallied 18 points while Bridgeport’s Logan Nichols and Pine Bluffs’ Tucker Nelson each had 15.
The Blue controlled the first quarter by overcoming a 30-25 deficit to go on a 12-2 run and lead 37-32 after one quarter.
The second quarter was back and forth by both teams as the Red outscored the Blue 26-21 as the two squads were knotted at 58 at halftime.
The second half saw the Blue grab a 73-69 lead before the Red started to pull away, going on a 10-2 run to lead 79-75 on a Payton Oliverius bucket. The Blue came back to lead 88-87 on a 3-pointer, but the Red scored the final seven points to lead 94-88.
The Red ignited in the fourth quarter, grabbing a 103-95 lead after two free throws from Allen-Mader and Gering’s Xavier Horst. The Red led 110-101 after two Lashley free throws. That was when the Blue mounted a comeback, going on a 8-0 run to cut the lead to 110-109 with 2:10 to play on three straight buckets by Rust.
Oliverius came back with a bucket with 30 seconds to play and then Lashley hit two free throws with 10.9 seconds to seal the win.
Bayard’s Justin Whitebear won the 3-point shooting contest with nine treys.
Pine Bluffs’ Tucker Norman and Ogallala’s Cameron Raffaeli tied in the slam dunk contest.
Andrew Fornstrom of Pine Bluffs was the recipient of the Panhandle Prep $250 scholarship.
Red 32 26 36 22 – 116
Blue 37 21 30 21 – 109
Evan Allen-Mader (Ogallala) 24, Kaleb Darrow (Edgemont) 6, Xavier Horst (Gering) 2, Corbin Bailey (Gordon-Rushville 23, Dylan Schwarting (Gordon-Rushville) 2, Casey Lashley (Hemingford) 20, Payton Oliverius (Bayard) 8, Cameron Raffaeli Ogallala 6, Arik Doty (Sidney) 5, Justin Whitebear 11, Riley Schilz (Gering) 10.
Kaleb Lussetto (Bridgeport) 2, Andrew Fronstrom (Pine Bluffs) 6, Kobee Olson (Hyannis) 2, Izaac Reuter (Kimball) 10, Conner McCracken (Scottsbluff) 0, Pat Rust (Chadron) 20, Drake DeMasters (Bridgeport) 21, Logan Nichols (Bridgeport) 15, Kenyion Townsend (Douglas) 18, Tucker Norman (Pine Bluffs) 15.