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Alabama, Mississippi All-Stars Set For Friday’s State Clash

     Alabama and Mississippi High School All-Star Teams completed two more practices Thursday in preparation for Friday’s 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Games at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
     The Alabama-Mississippi girls’ all-star game will tip off at 5 p.m., Friday, followed by the boys at 7.  The games will be broadcast live over the AHSAA Radio Network and will be video live-streamed by the NFHS Network.  Links are available at www.ahsaa.com. Tickets will be available at the Acadome.
   All four teams will conclude drills Friday afternoon with a 30-minute shoot-around prior to the doubleheader.   Alabama won the boys’ game last year 90-83 with Mississippi winning the girls’ game 95-89. The Alabama boys now hold a 13-11 edge in the series while the girls’ series is even at 12-12.
   Alabama’s boys feature seven players that competed in the 2015 State Basketball Tourney. Class 6A MVP Brandon Austin, a 6-5 Carver-Montgomery guard/forward, led the Wolverines to the state title. Hoover’s Dylan Smith was an all-tournament selection for the Class 7A state champion Bucs. Lee-Montgomery’s 6-9 twin towers Tommy Burton and Trenton Clayton led the Generals to the 7A semifinals and 6-5 Dazon Ingram carried Theodore to the 7A semis. Gerron Scissum, Lee-Huntsville’s 6-6 forward, and 6-foot guard Malik Cook-Stroupe of Homewood both played in the 6A state tourney. Alabama signee Donta’ Hall, a 6-10 center from Luverne, led the Tigers to the Class 2A state finals in 2014.
     Three players on Coach Red Bay Donnie Roberts’ Alabama girls’ all-star roster played in the 2015 state tournament, Huntsville’s Ta’Naisha Hill and Shaquera Wade in Class 7A and Amahni Upshaw of Brantley in Class 1A.
         Some of Mississippi’s standout players had little time to rest after playing in state championship games Saturday and Sunday in Jackson after inclement weather pushed the state tournament back a week. East Marion Coach Calvin Brown, the Mississippi boys’ head coach, has four players who played in finals including 6-foot-4 Quinndary Weatherspoon and 6-5 Moses Greenwood. Weatherspooon, a Mississippi State commitment, scored 28 points and Greenwood had 19 in Velma Jackson High School’s 76-38 win over Aberdeen in the Class 3A finals. Velma Jackson finished 33-2.
    Emanuel Thompson,a 6-4 forward, scored 13 points as McComb (31-1) beat Quitman in the 4A finals and Leroy Buchanan scored 21 points in the Class 6A finals for Madison Central (20-10), which was beaten 43-40 in overtime by Starkville.
    Horn Lake (20-4) won the the Mississippi Class 6A title beating Olive Branch 52-42 as 6-3 center Alexyse Thomas scored 17 points and cleared nine rebounds. Teammate Alondrea Bush, a guard on the Mississippi all-star squad coached by Patricia Wilson, added five points.  Octavia Barnes, a 5-11 forward headed to Michigan State, had 15 points and 13 rebounds in a 50-35 win by Raymond (30-4) over Bay in the 4A girls’ finals.



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