In a back and forth game that featured runs for each team, the North edged the South by a single point in the 2012 San Diego Boys Senior All-Star Game, played Friday night at Horizon High School.
La Costa Canyon's Matt Shrigley, the CIF San Diego section Player of the Year, scored 19 points and took home MVP honors for the North.
Thomas Butler, Robbie Nesovic, and Brian Valadez all chipped in for the South, with 3, 2, and 2 points, respectively.
The North side battled back from a 97-91 defecit with 2:49 remainng. Trailing 100-99 with 14 seconds left the South moved the ball around looking for a shot. Javion Watson (San Ysidro) missed a three-pointer. It was rebounded by the North with one second remaining, and the game was all but over. Mission Bay's Jerald Albritton threw up a half-court desperation heave, but it charomed off the backboard.
Hoover High School's Chris Jones scored 18 points and won MVP honors for the South.
But the star was Shrigley, who played a fantastic all-around game. He led all scorers with 19 points, and he also contributed around 6 blocks and 3 steals (unofficial stats). His assortment of offensive weaponry included a steal, behind the back dribble coast-to-coast finger roll, followed by two consecutive long 3-pointers in the first half. His only two baskets in the second half were both dunks, one coming off an alley-oop.
The North led 55-46 at the half.
The South threatened to take the game late in the second half, as an 8-0 run in less than a minute, pushed their lead to 91-83 with only five minutes left. Watson had a driving layup and a long 3, followed by a North turnover and another three by Albritton.
But the North battled back and was able to hold on, as their size was too much for the South's lightning quick guards.
In the Boys 3-Point Contest, Tyson Kygar (El Capitan), Albritton, and Sam Okhotin met after advancing to the final round. From there, Kygar put on a show, making 22 shots to win the contest. Albritton finished second with 16 makes. Okhotin made 10.
Francis Parker's . Reuben Nwando finished second.
Box Score (points):
Matt Shrigley (La Costa Canyon) 19, Dayton Boddie (El Camino) 18, Joe Rahon (Torrey Pines) 16, Dalante Dunklin (Francis Parker) 10, Sam Okhotin (Westview) 9, Dominique Love (Bishop's) 7, Anthony Alston (Rancho Buena Vista) 7, John Fletcher (Vista) 6, David Travers (La Costa Canyon) 4, Sedrick Childress (Vista) 4, Blake Watkins (Westview) 0, Frank Bamford (La Jolla Country Day) 0, Sam Beeler (Poway) 0
Chris Jones (Hoover) 18, Jerald Albritton (Mission Bay) 15, Javion Watson (San Ysidro) 14, Jeremai Northard (Hoover) 10, Janvier Alaby (Kearny) 8, Jason Gaines (Christian) 8, Dalton Musser (Foothills Christian) 8, Adam Lacey (San Diego) 6, Thomas Butler (Mt. Miguel) 3, Danny Hebert (Coronado) 3, Robbie Nesovic (Grossmont) 2, Brian Valadez (Helix) 2, Marley Simmons (Morse) 2