It was a night where stars were stars and role players did what they always did.
Severn teammates LJ Owens and Jermaine Hall combined for 41 points and 15 rebounds, while Old Mill’s Hollique Johnson added 18 points and nine rebounds as the North won its third straight at the 30th annual Apple Valley Waste Senior All-Star Classic, holding off the South at Severna Park High School, 132-125.
Meade’s Anthony May earned MVP honors for the North with his all-around performance, grabbing 17 boards, dishing out seven assists and getting three steals and two blocks. Indian Creek’s Malik McKinney earned the MVP nod for the South with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists.
“It’s great to be out here and show what I can do,” McKinney said. “It was a great environment and hopefully this performance shows what we were able to do at Indian Creek. I did not put the school on the map, but our class did a good job of making our school’s name known.”
Annapolis’ Anthony Davidson had four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and three assists for the South. His teammate, Southern’s Curtis Holland, a High Point signee, finished his prep career with 22 points, four steals and three assists.
“The toughest part about these games is getting everyone enough time on the court,” said Indian Creek coach Josh Pratt, who coached the South. “That is the way it is supposed to be in an all-star game though. There are so many good guys to choose from.”
Annapolis’ Chris Jones, who finished his career fourth all-time on the Panthers’ scoring list with 1,255 points, finished with 14 points and four assists for the South. Broadneck’s Shane Davis, headed to Lafayette for football, added 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Annapolis’ Brennan Ralph added eight points and six rebounds, and South River’s Alex Calogero had three 3-pointers and finished with nine points.
Owens, a William & Mary recruit, finished his career with 2,166 points, the most in Anne Arundel County history. He added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the North, and Hall, his varsity teammate the last three years, had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists.
“It meant so much to be able to coach those guys; they are great players and better people,” said Severn coach V.J. Keith, who coached the North.
For Keith, who stepped down recently as coach at Severn, this was a great way to say goodbye.
“I love the atmosphere, the competitiveness and the ability for these guys to still have a smile on their faces,” Keith said. “I will certainly miss nights like tonight, but it has been a lot of fun.”
North County’s Rodney Black added 14 points for the North, while Glen Burnie’s Rakeem Felder and AACS’ Cam Williams each had 10. Chesapeake’s Joe Seidler added six points and eight rebounds and Archbishop Spalding’s Rene Alphonso had seven points, along with North County’s Kris Peet.
At the end of the night, when the MVP awards were announced, May had the biggest, widest eyes of anyone in Severna Park’s gym. The award could have gone to a bigger scorer, and several guys earned the right to be considered, but May played the way he has at Meade for four years, getting all the important things done.
“When I heard the announcer say the MVP had 16 boards and it is not all about scoring, I just had a huge smile on my face,” May said. “That is what we were always told to do at Meade, go to the glass, get the board, and get it out to a teammate. It was great to get recognized for that.”