All-star basketball games are certainly fun, but in a different way than regular season games.
If you’re looking for polished team offense and defense, look elsewhere.
If you’re looking for fast-paced action with slam dunks (for the boys) and a great collection of individual talent, then this is for you. And that’s what you got to see on Friday night at Cajon High School in the Inland Empire All-Star Basketball Games.
San Bernardino County came up short in the girls game, falling 85-82 to Riverside County, despite 15 points from Ashtyn Anderson of Etiwanda, 13 points by Jessica Johnson of Serrano and 11 points by Sophie Bhasin of Cajon. Anderson had long desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer that clanked off the iron. Johnson was one of the surprises for many in that she was a relative unknown who shone.
Later, the San Bernardino County boys rallied for a 106-102 victory. The boys game was interesting in that unlike the girls game in which there were three San Bernardino County players scoring in double figures there was only one in the boys game. Sultana’s Robmar Porter earned game MVP honors with 14 points. After that it was extremely balanced: nine points apiece by Colony’s Miles Poullard, Arrowhead Christian’s Zach Hoffman, and Montclair’s Devyn Sampson and eight points apiece by Carter’s Jason Fletcher, San Gorgonio’s William Belvins, Summit’s Darrick Arnold and Upland’s Myles Pearson.
At least, that’s what my scorebook had. Porter, Hoffman and Fletcher were three of the players not as heralded as some of the others, who really stood out.