All-Star Classic: Tribune boys end streak, win 118-111 in OT; Star-News girls edge Trib 72-70


Chris Adams drained five 3-pointers, won the 3-point contest and finished with 22 points to lead the Tribune to a thrilling 118-111 victory over the Star-News, ending their four-game winning streak and cutting the Star-News’ series lead to 5-2. Bishop Amat’s Tyler Goldston won the slam-dunk contest with some bounce passes from the rafters. South Hills’ Melinda Gomez earned Tribune MVP honors for the girls with 15 points and six rebounds as the Star-News extended its lead in the series over the Trib to 5-2. Walnut’s Diana Wang won the 3-point contest, totaling 17 points.

Boys Game Story: The Tribune All-Stars had had enough of Pasadena’s dominance of the Tribune/ Star-News All-Star Classic. Saturday night they did something about it. Damien’s Chris Adams scored a game-high 22 points, including four in overtime, and South Hills’ Ify Umodu had 21 and the Tribune team got a little revenge on its West San Gabriel Valley counterparts with a 118-111 victory in overtime in the boys game of the seventh annual contest at Damien High School.

Girls Game Story: The defending champion Pasadena Star-News girls All- Star basketball team survived a frantic finish and hung on for a 72-70 win over the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Stars on Saturday. The win gave the Star-News team a 5-2 lead in the series. The annual game raises money for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. The Tribune team trailed 72-67 when Erica Greer (Diamond Ranch) hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. She then stole the ball, but the Tribune team couldn’t get a shot to fall and came up just short.




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  • Melinda Gomez was the best basketball player tonight, boys or girls, hands down

    After seeing the All Star Game I can safely say the best player on the court was Melinda Gomez from South HIlls, and that goes for the boys or girls. The girl is a beast of a competitor and a pleasure to watch for the first time. See her from time to time at her j.o.b. and she’s extremely polite. Hear she’s going D1 to LMU which is one of the nicest colleges around. Had many a fun time on that campus, beautiful campus, beautiful location and beautiful smart people what more ca you ask for.

    Too bad I never got to see her play before but Melinda was a force, even amongst all that talent she shined brightest!

    South Hills will miss her I’m sure. LMU got themselves a winner.

  • hoya

    Hey Fred, I was at the games last night thanks for putting together a nice event. What a finish.. Adams can shoot the lights out and Iffy is a beast when hes on the court. Fred are any of these players going anywhere?? I read about Miles, Martin, Adams and Hudson being D-1 talint but I havent read anything about anyone of them signing? Do you have any info Fred?

  • Lobo Love

    Hoya,

    Actually, the reason that Miles couldn’t be at the game this weekend is because he was on a trip to University of Hawaii. They are heavily recruiting him and I have heard that he will be making a decision sometime soon.

  • sgvpride

    I like adams but I just don’t see him going to a D-1 school maybe somewhere along the lines of the Big West. I can see him flourishing at a D-2 or maybe even an school like concordia which is a NAIA school. I’m hearing Darnell doesn’t have the grades to to straight from high school but he is one of the most talented players in the valley. Dion Hudson will get picked up by someone but just not sure because of his size but he will play at the next level. Bobby Miles seems like he might go to Hawaii but we will see. Good luck to all players

  • SHHS Family

    Thanks so much for the kind words on Melinda Gomez. She is without a dopubt a gifted and talented young lady blessed beyond measure. The SGVT PSN game was a blast and a great way to top off her high school run…..We are so thankful for her time @ SHHS and we all look forward to seeing her at LMU. Best of luck to all the players…. Go Huskies and go LMU Lions!

  • Spartan

    Chris had a great game, I can’t see him as a D1 scholarship but he can walk on and earn a scholarship that way, he has that shot which is a lost art in college. I am surprised Calvin hasn’t found anything, I thought he was the best player in the valley, better than Chris and Miles and Hudson, that is saying something coming from a Damien guy.

    Also if you a hoops junkie like me, check out the high school academic all american classic on saturday night at APU,http://www.hsaaa-classic.com/ Guys going to: Kansas, Ohio State,Georgia Tech, Miami, CAL and many other pac 10 and very good basketball schools.

  • Best player that night!

    SHHS Family

    All kids want to have talent, want to go places and want the limelight, All Star games are filled with players at the end of those dreams. Melinda is just getting started. To see her work ethic on the court, her desire to win and her willingness to drive for a lose ball, in that environment, is why she was clearly the best player on the court in either game.

    But what truly separates her from others is her reaction after the whistle when in the last seconds she did everything to win, but get the ball. Most players have a flash moment when they betray the “team” concept and quietly, or in some cases not so quietly, display their true feelings that they should have been the one with the ball. Melinda did not. She went right to her team mates and “enjoyed” the moment, even in defeat. LMU got themselves a prize! Maybe if more players paid attention to players like Melinda more would have scholarships in their hand and futures as bright as hers.

    Every year, at this time, I see parents who enjoyed the limelight a bit too much face the grim reality that the show is over, and to an individual they never know why. Ever! Melinda exhibits a trait I love in players. All out heart… all the time.

    As I said, when I saw her first, after I congratulated her and she thanked me she said, “How was your shopping? DId you find everything? Is there something else I can help you with?” I said no and smiled then I told her, “That’s why you’re a winner. You’re always going full blast!” She smiled and said, “I try.” As we were leaving my wife asked, “Who’s that?” I said, “She’s the Tribune Player of the Year…and she ‘s going places!”

    You guys did a great job with that kid of yours and have lots to be thankful for. The best thing we can do as parents, as you know, is prepare them for life. She’s ready.

  • Best player that night!

    SHHS Family

    All kids want to have talent, want to go places and want the limelight, All Star games are filled with players at the end of those dreams. Melinda is just getting started. To see her work ethic on the court, her desire to win and her willingness to drive for a lose ball, in that environment, is why she was clearly the best player on the court in either game.

    But what truly separates her from others is her reaction after the whistle when in the last seconds she did everything to win, but get the ball. Most players have a flash moment when they betray the “team” concept and quietly, or in some cases not so quietly, display their true feelings that they should have been the one with the ball. Melinda did not. She went right to her team mates and “enjoyed” the moment, even in defeat. LMU got themselves a prize! Maybe if more players paid attention to players like Melinda more would have scholarships in their hand and futures as bright as hers.

    Every year, at this time, I see parents who enjoyed the limelight a bit too much face the grim reality that the show is over, and to an individual they never know why. Ever! Melinda exhibits a trait I love in players. All out heart… all the time.

    As I said, when I saw her first, after I congratulated her and she thanked me she said, “How was your shopping? DId you find everything? Is there something else I can help you with?” I said no and smiled then I told her, “That’s why you’re a winner. You’re always going full blast!” She smiled and said, “I try.” As we were leaving my wife asked, “Who’s that?” I said, “She’s the Tribune Player of the Year…and she ‘s going places!”

    You guys did a great job with that kid of yours and have lots to be thankful for. The best thing we can do as parents, as you know, is prepare them for life. She’s ready.

  • prepfan

    Adams and Umodu are former Kare Youth League ball players. Glad they ended their HS careers playing together just like in KYL. Good luck to them in college.

  • Has it ever happened before?

    Fred any news on Calvin Smith, Chris Adams. Charter Oak’s Barr or any one else? This year the area had two Mc Donald’ All Americans, probably a first for the area.

    In fact Fred do you, or any one else, know if there has been any previous Mc Donald’s All American in the area before?

  • reality czech

    Smith and Adams were NOT McDonalds All- Americans. They were among the thousands of nominees nationwide.
    http://www.mcdonaldsallamerican.com/2010_Nominees.pdf
    An accomplishment, but a good player with a connected coach can get nominated. I remember this decade reading about Glendora – Tiger-Cortez; Diamond Bar – Khalif Ford; Amat-John Haywood, Paul Porter Diamond Ranch – Chris Cunningham; and probably more. The last player to play was Casey Jacobson from Glendora in 99. I’d be surprised if GHS didn’t have others nominated that year too.