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Rowlett’s Jeffrey Carroll helps lead North past South in THSCA boys basketball All-Star Game, 111-86
FORT WORTH — Having finished a close second in the halftime 3-point shooting contest, Rowlett’s Jeffrey Carroll returned his focus on the prize he wanted most, to officially close his high school basketball career with a win.
Carroll, a 6-6 forward about to begin his college career at Oklahoma State, scored 16 points and played a strong floor game to help the North All-Stars rout the South, 111-86, in the 69th Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game Monday night at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
“It’s a great honor to play in a game like this and to win is a big thing,” Carroll said. “Our guards are extremely quick. That was a big part of our success tonight.”
One of those guards, Jalan McCloud of North Crowley, led the North defensively with four steals, scored a game-high 18 points and was named team MVP.
Richland’s Leyton Hammonds added to the balanced North attack with 17 points. Hammonds, a 6-8 forward also bound for Oklahoma State, captured the slam dunk contest.
The North started slowly but got hot from behind the 3-point line in the second period. Five players scored from beyond the arc as the North expanded its lead from two points early in the second period to 23 by halftime. From that point, the outcome was never in doubt.
Braylon Rayson of West Mesquite edged Carroll in the halftime 3-point contest. Rayson had a 10-9 edge in a 30-second extra period, winning on his last shot. Both made 17 in a minute to force a playoff.
Kavin Tilbury, a 6-7 forward from Houston Cypress Falls bound for Texas State, was named South MVP after a 13-point, 11-rebound effort.
The North’s win was its fifth in six years, extending its overall series lead to 38-31.