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South continue All-Star dominance

The 2000 BBL All Star game in Manchester may have been the highest scoring in the event's 11 year history but it came down to a final shot by the game's highest scorer before the South claimed victory over the North with a 180-177 victory in front of an 8,000 crowd.

The South had led for much of the game - in fact, they pulled the lead out to as many as 16 points. However, the North pulled it back with some superb
plays to produce an exciting finale as the Southern Conference representatives were pegged back to within one point in the final minutes when Edinburgh Rocks' Ted Berry converted a three-point shot. 

After their counterparts had edged again in front, it was left to Darrian Evans to take the final overtime-seeking shot but the Derby star could not add to his game-high 33 points and Mike Finger and his charges celebrated a fifth result for their half of the country in six years.

For the North and their coach Nick Nurse, there was the sole consolation of the Most Valuable Player prize awarded to his Storm's Cypheus Bunton, wheile Bullets' Shawn Jamison led the victors charge with 27 points.

"It's supposed to be exciting and I think that's what we did. I didn't know there were that many people who watched basketball in England," said Bunton, referring to the huge crowd at MEN Arena.

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