Here is a recap from the St. Cloud Times.
All-star prep basketball: Games showcase the best
By Tom Elliott firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: March 31. 2007 12:30AM
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It's not quite the same, but Preston Whitaker got to wipe away the sting of a tough loss Friday at Halenbeck Hall.
Whitaker helped the Maroon team beat the Green All-Stars 104-94 in the annual prep coaches association all-star boys basketball series.
Whitaker's previous game at St. Cloud State ended his St. Cloud Apollo career. That was the Section 8-4A championship, where Buffalo ended Apollo's season on its way to the state title.
"This tonight, it's nice," said Whitaker, who had six points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one turnover.
Whitaker said he barely touched a basketball for two weeks after the Eagles' loss. Friday, however, was a lot of fun.
"It's not quite like an open gym, but it is," Whitaker said of the laissez-faire style of play, which featured lots of improvising, dunks and the stuff that sometimes gets a fellow benched during the regular season. "I mean, 104-94, I'm sure everybody got to score.
"And, it was nice to see so many people out here watching people play who they really don't know."
The attendance was 1,059. The series concludes at 2:15 p.m. today at Concordia University in St. Paul with two more games.
The first game saw the Blue team beat the Gold team 127-101. The Blue team had two area athletes, Eden Valley-Watkins' Matt Theis and Sauk Centre's Brent Egan. Both had good games.
Theis, headed to St. Cloud State for football, had six points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. He was 3-for-4 from the field. All his shots were putbacks.
"I don't think I've ever played a team that loaded," he said as he and Egan signed autographs.
Egan, a 6-foot-3 forward who hasn't decided on a college, had 22 points and six rebounds. He was 10-for-13 from the field and had one turnover.
It was a good night to catch recruiters' attention. There were a few in the stands.
"It's a fun time," said Egan, who says he has talked to Minnesota State-Moorhead and Mayville (N.D.) State about continuing his basketball career.
Whitaker's team plays Theis' and Egan's team for the series title at about 4 p.m. today.
» There were all sorts of highlights for area athletes. Rocori's Justin Stommes, who played for the Gold All-Stars, won the first of two slam-dunk contests, edging Richfield's Santino Clay, a 6-2 guard with what he says is a 42-inch vertical jump. Stommes is a 6-7 guard headed to Eastern Kentucky. He had nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. And, he had two slam dunks during the game.
» Morris' Taylor Witt, a St. Cloud State basketball recruit, scored 11 points for the Green team in its loss. Witt was 4-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-9 from three-point range. He also had four rebounds, two steals, an assist and one turnover. Witt participated in the second 3-point shooting contest won by West St. Paul Henry Sibley's Anders Halvorsen.
The Green team was coached by Eagan's Kurt Virgin, a former St. Cloud State star.
» Also playing for the Green team was DeAnthony Taylor. Taylor is a 6-3 guard from Minneapolis Washburn. His coach is former St. Cloud State All-American Reggie Perkins, who led the Huskies to three straight North Central Conference championships from 1986-88.
» Count Maroon head coach Gary Holmseth among those impressed by Whitaker.
"That Whitaker, he's a complete player," said Holmseth, who is the head coach at Blue Earth. "He's a great ball-handler and an outstanding defender. He can shoot, too."
Whitaker is headed to Minnesota State-Mankato on a basketball scholarship.
» Marquette definitely has a good inside player on the way. Trevor Mbawke, a 6-8 center from St. Bernard's in St. Paul, had 18 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and two steals for the Green team.
» Another big man who shined was Monticello's Mitchel Grundman. The 6-10 center had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two steals.
Gold 49 52 – 101
Blue 58 69 – 127
GOLD – Brady Fairbanks 18 (5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Erik Lien 8, Alex Rubin 2 (10 assists, 2 steals), Justin Stommes 9 (8 rebounds, 3 assists), Dennis Williamson 11, Eric Carlson 10 (6 rebounds, 3 assists), James Granstra 11 (8 rebounds, 3 steals), Eric Hugoson 0 (2 assists), Ryan Shea 20, Sal Simmons 12 (8 assists). FG 43-92, FT 8-13, REB 47, ASST 35, TO 16, BLK 2, ST 14, PF 6.
BLUE – Santino Clay 17 (3 assists), Brent Egan 22 (6 rebounds), Max Hintz 14 (3 assists, 2 steals), Matt Theis 6 (8 rebounds, 2 assists), Al Nolen 6 (5 assists, 2 steals), Trent Carlson 16 (4 assists), Noah Dahlman 10 (10 rebounds, 6 assists), Alex Nelson 24, Landon Stanfield 6, David Winfield 6 (5 assists, 2 steals). FG 52-99, FT 5-6, REB 53, ASST 31, TO 15, BLK 0, ST 10, PF 8.
Green 38 56 – 94
Maroon 58 46 – 104
GREEN – Jake Driscoll 0 (6 assists, 3 steals), Drew Lundberg 12 (3 assists), Kyle Mathiowetz 3, Trevor Mbawke 18 (12 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, 2 steals), Taylor Witt 11 (2 steals), DeAngelo Brackins 11 (2 steals), Aaron Ford 6 (8 rebounds), Mitchel Grundman 18 (10 rebounds, 2 steals), DeAnthony Taylor 15 (4 assists, 4 steals). FG 38-98, FT 12-14, REB 53, ASST 17, TO 14, BLK 5, ST 17, PF 8.
MAROON – Zach Filzen 15 (7 rebounds, 4 assists), Dan Fragodt 11 (3 assists), Anders Halvorsen 7 (5 rebounds), Seth Jonker 14 (10 rebounds), Preston Whitaker 6 (9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals), Elija Blakesley 9 (6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), Bryce Brunz 6 (3 assists), Joe Drapcho 13 (3 assists), Xavier Reed 16 (7 rebounds, 3 assists), Andrew Van Havermaet 7 (6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots). FG 42-97, FT 6-9, REB 62, ASST 26, TO 19, BLK 6, ST 10, PF 11.