All Stars send prize South

Mark Woods

In an action packed Dairylea Dunkers All-Star Game at the Sheffield Arena, it was the southern stars who took the honours for the fourth time in five seasons, levelling the all-time series at five wins apiece with a 168-175 victory, which delighted the winning coach Billy Mims of Leopards. Leading by 18 points in the final period, the South had to withstand a late Northern rally when Corey Jackson closed the game to 162-165 with less than two minutes remaining. However baskets by Tony Holley and John White stretched out the lead, taking White to a game high 32 points.

Fittingly for an All-Star showcase, the Sheffield Arena crowd were treated to a display of dunks, alley oops and flash passing by the league's finest, and the Northern side, marshalled by Newcastle's Craig Lynch, played their part, with Eagles' duo Rob Phelps and Leon McGee in particular enjoying their moment with 25 and 20 points respectively. Eric Burks shook off his injury to make a surprise appearance on court, but the top performance came from Thames Valley's John McCord, whose 30 points and 7 rebounds contribution earned the American a well deserved MVP accolade in his first season in the British game.

Other high scorers were Chester's Corey Jackson with 23 points and Tony Dorsey, who recovered from his earlier exertions to add 20 points.

In the half time free throw shoot out contest, Greg Francis of Worthing Bears earnt one lucky fan a trip to Florida, while Billy Mims outdid Craig Lynch in the coach's dual gunfight at the Free Throw Corral.

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