Hoop stars whoop it up

State’s best play for lively crowd

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man Kyle New­man: 303-954-1773 knew­man@den­ver­post.com or @KyleNew­manDP

The best high school bas­ket­ball play­ers in Colorado gath­ered Satur­day to play in The Show, the state’s an­nual high school all-star bas­ket­ball show­case, with four games played in front of a lively crowd at the Au­raria Event Cen­ter.

In the girls’ Class 1A-3A top 20 game to start off the day, the Blue team won 66-56 as Res­ur­rec­tion Chris­tian fresh­man Juju He­meyer scored 13 points. Yuma sopho­more Cody Robin­son also had 13 to lead the White team.

In the boys’ 1A-3A top 20 game, Colorado Springs Chris­tian se­nior Justin Engesser scored 22 points to lead the Blue team to a 100-88 vic­tory. Ster­ling ju­nior Bodie Hume had 23 points to pace the White team.

In the sec­ond girls’ top 20 game, which in­cluded all classes, the White team had four scor­ers in dou­ble fig­ures, with Regis Je­suit sopho­more Fran Belibi’s 14 points and Hori­zon se­nior Kylie Jimenez’s 12 points lead­ing the way, in a 7048 vic­tory. Ral­ston Val­ley se­nior Ash­ley Van Sickle led the Blue team with 11 points while Estes Park se­nior Anna Weibel contributed nine.

The height and ath­leti­cism of Grand­view coach Josh Ul­itzky’s White team proved to be too much for the guard-laden Blue team, as Belibi, along with Lake­wood ju­nior Camilla Emsbo (six points, seven re­bounds) and Monarch se­nior Jas­mine Jef­f­coat (six points, five re­bounds) gave White the easy vic­tory.

Dunks and fast-paced tran­si­tion play high­lighted the sec­ond boys’ top 20 game, which in­cluded all classes. The event, like the NBA All-Star Game, con­sisted of lit­tle de­fense and a lot of of­fense. There were at least a half-dozen al­ley-oops in the game and dozens more eye-pop­ping dunks as Grand­view se­nior Gaige Prim’s 20 points led the White team to the 129-99 win.

Den­ver East ju­nior Daylen Kountz and Do­herty se­nior Brevin Brim­ble each had 19 points for the White team, while Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton se­nior Jer­vay Green led the Blue with 20 points in a game where 13 scor­ers reached dou­ble dig­its.

At half­time, Ea­gle­crest’s Mor­gan Brown beat out Smoky Hill sopho­more Kenny Foster, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s Green and Calvin Fugett Jr., Sierra se­nior CJ Jen­nings and Regis Je­suit’s Belibi in the dunk con­test.

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