By Jeremy Balan
Led by Washington’s Byron Jones, who was named team MVP, the AAA team swept the All-City All Star Game with wins over the BCL and WCAL teams on Sunday at City College of San Francisco.
Jones had 20 total points in the two games, but 15 points came in the second game against the WCAL team.
“It was fun, really,” Jones said. “There was a lot of intensity out there and we ended up winning, as usual. It was a good way to end our senior season.”
Mission’s Javaughn Shannon was runner-up for the AAA MVP, with 20 total points, 16 coming in the first game against the BCL.
The AAA team took both games despite the absence of AAA Co-Players of the Year in Mission’s Angelo Gulley and Wallenberg’s Garrett Moon, who were in Colorado for an AAU tournament.
The BCL team MVP honors went to BCL West Player of the Year Ikenna Nwadibia. The Stuart Hall standout had 27 total points.
“It is a good event to finish up our season, to showcase our talent and to go out with a bang,” Nwadibia said. “Usually all of these guys are my opponents, so it was good to play with them.”
Marin Academy’s Pat Ebke made his case for BCL MVP with 27 total points as well.
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Jamal Ford headed an undermanned WCAL team with 21 total points, but due to the lack of bodies they struggled to keep up with the fully stocked BCL and AAA squads.
Fellow Sacred Heart Cathedral forward Anthony Silvestri also had a solid contribution for the WCAL team with a team-high 22 points.
Game One: AAA 73, BCL 65
Mission’s Javaughn Shannon had 14 points, including 10 of the last 12 points by the AAA team, in a 73-65 victory over the BCL team.
Fellow Mission guard Terrance Langston had 12 points, with 10 coming in the second half.
The BCL led 35-25 at halftime, but the AAA went on a 9-0 run to start the second half to cut the lead to 35-34.
The AAA took a 48-47 lead on a runner from Mission’s Dante Calonsag with 8:20 remaining, but the BCL took the lead back two minutes later with a layup from Leadership’s Robert Chiu to make it 52-50.
The BCL opened up the score to 57-50, but the AAA went on another 9-0 run, keyed by Shannon and Langston to take over the lead at 59-57 with 3:10 remaining.
Shannon’s scoring down the stretched prevented the BCL from getting any closer.
Game Two: AAA 56, WCAL 43
Washington’s Byron Jones dominated game two with 15 points, including a thundering dunk at the buzzer to push the final score to 56-43.
Jones drove at-will against a visibly gassed WCAL team.
Balboa’s John Reboquio also had 13 points in the game for the AAA squad.
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Anthony Silvestri led the way for the WCAL team with 15 points, as the AAA defense keyed on Jamal Ford.
Tied 28-28 at the half, a full bench benefited the AAA team in the second half as they pulled away for the victory.
Game Three: BCL 58, WCAL 45
Eleven second-half points from Stuart Hall’s Ikenna Nwadibia proved to be too much for the WCAL team in the BCL’s 58-45 victory.
Again, the WCAL stayed close in the first half, but they physical play of Nwadibia wore down an already exhausted WCAL team.
Marin Academy’s Pat Ebke carried the BCL team in the first half, with 10 points.
Jamal Ford had 12 points to lead the WCAL team.