White tops Maroon in OT in all-star game
By COY SLAVIK - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
April 19, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.
Victoria East teammates Jamir Whitelow and Tre Wolf held a brief conversation as they threw the ball back and forth near midcourt while the final seconds of overtime ticked off the clock during the Eighth Annual Victoria College Chick-fil-A Boys All-Star Game.
Then with Wolf standing above the 3-point arc with the ball, trying to preserve the White's 91-88 lead, Whitelow wondered out loud what his best friend planned to do.
"I just wanted him to hold the ball and not dribble it," Whitelow said. "Me and Tre, we like to play around a lot."
Wolf went against Whitelow's advice and drove to the hoop. He drew a foul and hit one of two free throws to widen the White's lead to 92-88. But on the White's next trip downcourt, Whitelow wasn't going to let Wolf have a second chance. Instead, Whitelow drove to the hoop and scored on a putback of his own miss with three seconds left to clinch the White's 94-88 win over the Maroon on Wednesday at VC's Sports Center.
Whitelow finished with 21 points and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Wolf, who sent the game into overtime on a layup with 3.84 seconds left in regulation, also scored 21 points. Victoria West's Tavius Ogden topped the White with 23 points.
The game featured 16 of the top high school players in the area. The teams spent much of the day on the Victoria College campus trying to get their basketball legs back more than a month after concluding their prep careers.
"I was cramping up in the first half," said Wolf, who will play football at Texas Wesleyan. "But this was fun. We weren't our best in the second half. We knew we had to step it up coming out of halftime."
The Maroon, behind 13 points from East's Anthony Means and 11 from West's Kenyan Black, took a 47-37 lead into intermission. But the White hit seven 3-pointers in the second half to get back in the game.
"We wanted to win it pretty bad," Ogden said. "We just had to go out there and do the work."
"I didn't want to lose. I've got that competitive spirit," said Whitelow, who will play football at Tyler Junior College. "We had a pretty bad first half and we just came out in the second half and said we had to get after it. I'm glad we did."
Means topped the Maroon with 21 points and also won the dunk contest at halftime. Calhoun's Vincent Delgado added 16 points, Black and West's Kasey Kalich each had 12, and St. Joseph's Gary Villarreal finished with 11.
Ganado's Matt Bridges won the 3-point contest by sinking 16 in 1 minute.
White 94, Maroon 88 OT
Points - (White) Tavius Ogden 23, Tre Wolf 21, Jamir Whitelow 21, Kyle Alexander 9, Dylan Williams 7, Matthew Rowell 6, Fred Proctor 4, Devin Broom 2. (Maroon) Anthony Means 21, Vincent Delgado 16, Kenyan Black 12, Kasey Kalich 12, Gary Villarreal 11, Matt Bridges 9, Wyatt Koricanek 4, William Proctor 3.
Halftime - Maroon 47-37. Regulation - 88-88. 3-pointers - Ogden 3, Bridges 3, Kalich 3, Means 3, Delgado 2, Wolf 2, Whitelow 2, Alexander 2, Rowell 2, Williams.