Basketball: Fox and Masoli win City All-Star Game MVPs, Johns wins dunk contest

Photo slideshow by Devin Chen and Doug Ko

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 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.

Video highlights by George Nguyen

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

Sacred Heart Cathedral senior Taylor Johns jumps over Lincoln's Ares Brown and teammate Deondre Otis to win the City All-Star Game dunk contest on Monday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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

Team City
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

Team SF
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

Team City
Courtney Sabahi, Mercy – 16
Amelia King, University – 15
Mariah Masoli, Mercy – 13
Brianna Friedrich, Sacred Heart Cathedral – 10
Raelyn Cheung-Sutton, Washington – 4

Team SF
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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  1. WCal Fan says:

    What a great event for City Basketball. Hope it continues in the years to come. Thank you to everyone that was involved!

    • dakyne says:

      Agreed this was a great event. The most important thing is the players had a lot of fun playing with and against each other, and the fans had a great time also. A lot of smiles all around…it’s a great send-off and a tribute to the outgoing seniors.

  2. Chris says:

    Sounds like everyone had fun…way to represent San Francisco

  3. ATTABABE says:

    yo wen that kid breaks laboyds ankles…smh. way too whetetetetet

  4. Cj says:

    Once again you guys got it wrong Sabahi was the leading scorer for the girls with 16..Masoli wasn’t MVP, but it was a great event…Thanks SanFranPreps it was great for everyone involved, picked the best refs too….coach Paul n sharriff…

  5. JJ says:

    This event was pretty dope, but it seemed like it lasted too long. Maybe they should shorten the game to (2) 15 minute halves. Perhaps, there were too many 3 point participants, that’s why it seemed long. Overall, it was a great event, except the part when the microphone stopped working. All the people picked for the game looked like they belonged on the floor. Although the score doesn’t indicate it, there was alot of defense played in the games. Also, tons of kids at the game. D.O. nailed it when he said the dunk by Taylor Johns looked like the Jordan logo.

    • jbalan says:

      We made the boys game longer because there were so many players, but I think you’re right about the 3-point contest. We just weren’t going to tell anyone they couldn’t compete.

      • TTerritory says:

        I was there for the boys game and it was a good length. It was nice to be able to see everyone play a good amount. Good work Chacon !

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  7. Big guy 24 says:

    Nice event and it was for the kids who worked hard all year. Congrats on a very positive event..

  8. TImJim says:

    Where were Graham Gilleran and Usman Hameed? 2 really good looking players for Riordon, Graham with his silky smooth 15 foot baseline jumper and arrary of postmoves really impresses me. And Hameed can jump out of the gym and has tremendous scoring potential. Why were they not chosen to participate??

    • jbalan says:

      Because they are juniors

      • WCAL123 says:

        Graham and Usman are the truth of City Basketballl

        • M Air J says:

          This Usman kid must not have been that good as he did not play much for a bad Riordan team. Gilleran is big but not very productive.

          • TImJim says:

            Take that back! You obviously have not seen him play. The kid is loaded with talent, he is getting recruited already, doing big things on the AAU circuit. Not his fault the coach did not want to give him his fair share of minutes. Either way he’ll be a D1 player.

            • Aggies! says:

              Wow I don’t know if you are the kid or a parent of the kid but Buckner is one of the best coaches in the city. (This coming from a person who is not a Riordan fan) I would love for my kid to play for Buckner or Barbour.

  9. wcal insider says:

    i believe justin fernandez with his silky smooth cossover as well as his ability to get easy point in the paint will make him a threat on riordan this coming season.. he is already being looked at by a few d1 schools.

    • Big guy 24 says:

      Are you guys kidding me with saying that any kid from Riordan is being looked at by D1’s? Get real, none of them were impact players cause only Geru Mabry did work last with DJ Harvey. Coach Buckner is a fine coach and knows who deserves to play and who deosn’t. Good luck kids on the next season.

      • WCAL Alum says:

        WCAL Insider-I would consider changing moniker as your previous comment says you are anything but an insider.

        This is a lesson to others-please refrain from D-1 comments. It sets up unrealistic goals for 95 percent of the student/athletes in the area. It also disparages the fine opportunities available at DII, DIII, NAIA and Junior Colleges.

  10. GCJ 01 says:

    Great job to my fellow Burtonian Terence Ching for winning the 3-point contest. Way to represent our school Terence!

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