Wednesday, February 19, 2020






North-South All-Star Basketball South 88, North 75

MONTGOMERY – Sidney Lanier High School 6-foot-5 rising senior Antwan Burnett turned in a double-double Tuesday night with 10 rebounds and 16 points to lead the South to an 88-75 win over the North in the 77th game of the series which started in 1953.
    Burnett earned MVP honors for his efforts as the South won for the second year in a row and closed the series record to 48 North wins and 29 South victories.
    The South, coached by LeFlore’s Jeffrey Pope and Dadeville’s Jessie Foster,  nailed 5-of-9 3-pointers in the first half to keep a slight lead over the North. Robert Bonham of UMS-Wright and Kedrick Turnipseed of Sumter Central sank two each as the South took a 40-35 edge into halftime. Each player had eight points in the first two quarters. Mountain Brook’s 6-5 Colby Jones scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the first half and the North was 8-for-8 at the foul line in the first half to keep the game close. Jones also had 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the North.
      Ellwood Christian 6-6 forward Justin Bufford scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to help the South pull away. He also had five rebounds. Sumter Central’s Kedrick Turnipseed added 15 points, UMS-Wright’s Robert Bonham had 12 points, three assists and three steals, and Michael Murry of Carver-Montgomery had 10 points to round out the South leaders.
     The North, coached by James Poindexter of McAdory and Anthony Reid of Florence, also got 14 points from Pinson Valley’s Kameron Woods and 12 from Damarcus Beckwith of Florence. Tommy Murr of Lindsay Lane, who led the nation in scoring last season with 45.1 points per game, had seven points.
    The North-South All-Star series, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), continues Wednesday with the North-South Cross Country boys’ and girls’ races at AUM beginning at 7:30 a.m. The North-South Softball all-star competition will be played at Lagoon Park at 5 and 7 p.m., and the North-South girls’ and boys’ soccer matches will be played at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex at AUM at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively.
        Thursday’s slate features the newest additions to the North-South lineup, golf and tennis, at 8:30 and 10 a.m., respectively at the Montgomery Country Club. Boys and girls will compete at the same time in match play in both venues. North-South Volleyball tips off at 4 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex and the 60th North-South Football All-Star Classic will close out the competition Thursday night at Cramton Bowl with a 7 p.m., kickoff.
    The Goshen High School NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Stephanie Snyder, will produce the soccer matches, and the Central-Phenix City NFHS Network SBP, led by producer Tim Loreman, will produce the other sports. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast live the football clash.
    The AHSAA’s 23nd Summer Conference also is in full swing Wednesday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center with the Coaching School providing professional development teachers, coaches and administrators. The attendance is expected to swell to more than 4,000 for the week this year.

North-South Series
Girls’ Basketball

North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)

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