All Star team won the 2002 BBL All Star Game, drubbing their Northern rivals
196-142 at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle. Once again, the supposed showpiece
event lacked any true competitive emphasis, a situation which is sure to
increase the calls for its reformation before next year.
The South - for whom
Rod Brown replaced injured Barry Bowman - started brightly, bagging nine
of the opening eleven points and gradually built up a 24-point lead by
the end of the first quarter, thanks to 18 personal points from Leopards'
Rico Alderson. They maintained the status quo in the second quarter to
lead 93-71 at half-time.
As the Northern squad
maintained a wholly lethargic showing, the South kept up the intensity
to extend their lead still further - they enjoyed an 11-0 tear in the third
to lead 116-84. Shortly after that Nigel Lloyd scored to take his points
tally to eight points on the day and 159 in all of his ten All Star appearances,
breaking Russ Saunders' former points record.
There was no way
back for the North, as the South kept their scoring touch to win by 54
points. Alderson was named the All Star MVP, thanks to his 34-point, 15-rebound
haul. Brighton's Albert White led all scorers with 38 points. James Hamilton
did not play.
There was also a
half-time slam dunk competition which the North won that thanks to local
favourite Shawn Myers and Edinburgh Rocks' guard Ted Berry, who got the
best ratings by the judges.
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