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Mabank senior Mark Driskell (in red) goes up for a rebound in the 2016 Trinity Valley All-Star game. Driskell scored five points and grabbed some rebounds but his team fell short 102-99
By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The White Team trailed by as many as 22 points but fought the whole way and came away with a 102-99 win in the second annual Trinity Valley All-Star Game, March 26 at Cardinal Gym. The game features some of the top senior talent from the local area.
Players were Moises Alvarado, Hunter Davis and Aaron Arden from Cross Roads, Preston Furr and Kat Arroyo from Athens, Mark Driskell from Mabank, Jake Woolverton from Malakoff, James Jackson from LaPoynor, Jovonte Hornbuckle from Trinidad, Xavier Richardson from Brownsboro, Chaz Grimes and Gavino Rongel from Fruitvale, Davis Moore and Logan Jenkins from Martin’s Mill, De’Vun Hamilton from Jacksonville, Garrett Hall from Crandall, Jackson Malone and Logan Nance from Canton, DJ Johnson from Harleton and Keelan Yarbrough from Palestine.
“It was fun to come out here and have everybody show off what they can do,” Alvarado said. “It was fun to come out and compete against my teammates and play against some guys that I normally wouldn’t get to play with.
“It was fun to come out here and play against people you play in your district or on your team,” Furr added. “I had a lot of fun today and I’m very happy to be a part of something like this. It’s a great way to end my high school career.”
The Red Team started the game off strong and jumped out to a 17-3 lead before the second group came in for the White Team. They chipped away at the lead and cut it to 21-14 at the end of the first quarter. “We came in at 4 minutes and cut it to 21-14,” Alvarado said. “We put in some work there in the first quarter.”
The teams continued to play hard in the second quarter and the White Team fought back to eventually take a two point lead at one point. The Red Team led 42-40 at halftime.
During halftime the two teams had a 3-point shooting contest. The event was won by Jenkins, a senior from Martin’s Mill High School.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter. The Red Team hit several 3-point shots to open up a 12 point lead but the White Team fought back again to make the score 76-74 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the two teams traded baskets the entire way. The White Team finally got the lead with under a minute left and escaped with a 3-point victory.
This was the second year in a row that the White Team won the game. Last season they dominated for a 110-91 victory.