Duenez enjoys all-star experience
SAN ANTONIO - Garek Duenez knew he was in a totally different environment in his first day of practice for the Texas High School Coaches Association's All-Star Basketball Game.
Duenez was an all-state performer at Austwell-Tivoli, but was amazed by the size and ability of his teammates on the South squad.
"In South Texas you don't really see the athletes like up here," Duenez said. "It's real nice to be able to play with them and coming from a small school and be able to play with some of the best 4A and 5A players in Texas it was fun."
Duenez played 13 minutes, scored three points and had three steals and two assists in the South's 124-93 win on Monday night at the Bill Greebey Arena.
Duenez came off the bench and did his best to distribute the ball to his teammates, including La Vega's William Stinnett, who is going to McLennan Community College, and was the South's MVP with 23 points.
"As a point guard you've got to get everybody involved, that's my job," Duenez said. "Take my shots when they come and not try to force the issue. We've got a guy going to Baylor (San Antonio Warren's Taurean Waller-Price) and a guy going to Texas (San Antonio Churchill's Connor Lammert) and you've got to get your big men involved. That's something else I wasn't used to 6-10s out there. It was fun though."
Coppell's Jeff Raines, who will attend Pepperdine, was the North's MVP after scoring 15 points.
Tatum's Brett Carr enjoyed coaching the South squad, which snapped a four-game all-star losing streak.
"It was funner than heck," Carr said. "Our big school guys -- the guy who signed with Texas and the kid who signed with Baylor took those Class 1A, those 2A and 3A kids in and just hugged them and loved them up. Our chemistry was fantastic. It really was."
Duenez will attend Victoria College where he plans to play basketball and baseball. But he won't forget his final high school basketball game.
"It was different," Duenez said. "It was fun though. I'm just blessed I was able to be a part of this."
NOTES: Rockport-Fulton's Stratton Williams hurt his right knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Williams will attend Dallas Baptist.
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION
ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAME
South 124, North 93
North 26 25 21 12 - 93
South 27 38 23 24 - 124
NORTH - Reeves 1 0-0 3, Raines 5 5-5 15, Tabor 1 0-0 3, Rogers 4 2-2 10, Sutton 0 4-4 4, Adams 2 0-2 5, Overlander 5 0-0 15, Van De Kop 2 1-2 5, LeDay 7 2-2 18, Stewart 7 1-2 15. Totals 33 15-20.
SOUTH - Gentry 4 0-0 11, Badillo 4 3-3 11, Duenez 1 1-3 3, Rodewall 2 7-10 11, Prudhomme 7 1-1 16, Stinnett 10 1-1 25, Waller-Prince 6 3-5 16, Taylor 4 2-4 11, Ellwanger 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Jordan 3 0-0 6, Lammert 7 0-0 14. Totals 48 18-27.
3-poiners: (North) Reeves, Tabor, Adams, Overlander 5, LeDay 2; (South) Gentry 3, Prudhomme, Stinnett 4, Waller-Prince, Taylor.