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South poles ahead in All-Star rout


The Southern 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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