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By Zack Farmer
The Team City boys basketball team found itself tied with Team SF midway through the second half after squandering a 21-point first-half lead, but held on to win 98-94 in the SanFranPreps.com Michael Gragnani Memorial City All-Star Game on Monday night at St. Ignatius Prep.
“It’s a lot of fun because I know everybody and we’re all really good friends, but towards the end, it got competitive and that’s what we like,” said Team City’s Joshua Fox. “We get bragging rights with our friends and talk mess to them.”
Fox, from Sacred Heart Cathedral, was named the game’s MVP with 11 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Team SF trailed by as many as 21 in the first half, but cut the lead down to 11 by halftime and tied the game at 57-57 following a 13-2 run.
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Eight of the points came from Mission’s Gione Edwards, who had a team-high 16 points and seven rebounds.
With the game tied 70-70, Team City opened up the floor.
Team City went on a 22-6 run behind an offensive burst from Leadership’s Francisco Chacon, who had a game-high 17 points.
“We just trust in each other,” Fox said. “I’ve seen them play and they’re all good so I trust that I can give them the ball and go score.”
Team City girls win
Team City nearly let a double-digit lead slip away, but held on to beat Team SF 63-60. Mercy’s Mariah Masoli was named the game’s MVP with 16 points.
Taylor Johns wins the dunk contest
Lincoln’s Nick Young started the final round of the slam dunk contest with an impressive windmill dunk, which gave him a 25 out of 30 score, but the best had yet to come.
Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Taylor Johns stole the show as he won the event with a one-handed alley-oop while jumping over two other players.
Ching and Choi win 3-point contests
Burton’s Terence Ching hit 16 first-round 3-pointers to reach the final and buried 13 more to take the boys’ 3-point shooting title, edging out Sacred Heart’s Tyler Petroni.
Gateway’s Melanie Choi won the girls’ shooting contest and made a single-round-best 17 3s. Ching then beat Choi 16-7 in the overall final.
Boys Scoring Leaders
Francisco Chacon, Leadership – 17
Nick Young, Lincoln – 15
Tyler Petroni, Sacred Heart Cathedral – 13
Joshua Fox, Sacred Heart Cathedral – 11
Taylor Johns, Sacred Heart Cathedral – 9
Gione Edwards, Mission – 16
D. J. Harvey, Riordan – 13
Shaquille Fisher, Mission – 12
Laboyd Ricard, Stuart Hall – 10
Anthony Castillo, Riordan – 8
Miles Prescott, Mission – 8
Girls Scoring Leaders
Courtney Sabahi, Mercy – 16
Amelia King, University – 15
Mariah Masoli, Mercy – 13
Brianna Friedrich, Sacred Heart Cathedral – 10
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton, Washington – 4
Franeka Hall, Jordan – 13
Kaitlyn Crawley, St. Ignatius – 12
Courtney Gong, St. Ignatius – 10
Katie Waters, Lick-Wilmerding – 9
Hayley Lew, Lick-Wilmerding – 5
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