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By Josh Bean, For AHSAA
MONTGOMERY – Anthony Johnson of Midfield High School set up teammate Martavious Russell with a perfectly placed alley-oop pass from the back panel for a thunderous dunk in the first quarter.
He had just started.
Johnson, in his first high school action since helping Midfield win the State Class 2A title in early March, added several top-flight dunks and finished with 27 points to propel the North to a victory of 93-85 in Tuesday night’s All-Star basketball game. in front of a large crowd estimated at over 1,200 people at the Cramton Bowl MultiPlex.
“I have to keep working,” said Johnson, a non-binding senior senior who had 12 of 16 shots and added five rebounds and three steals to earn North MVP honors. “I’m not where I want to go yet. I just have to keep pushing.
And what about those high-flying pieces?
“I’m playing hard, so the dunks are going to come,” Johnson said. “It’s funny.”
Bryson Dawkins, a 6-foot-3 Carroll goaltender, is having just as much fun for the South. He caught two alley-oops for some nice dunks and led all scorers with 30 points on 14 of 22 shots.
The South, coached by Jazmin Mitchell of Sumter Central and Joseph Turman of Florala, led 80-79 with 2:31 left after Emmanuel Henderson of Geneva County – an Alabama football player – scored with a backhand .
The North, coached by Justin Taylor of West Limestone and Torri Brown of Anniston, then took over quickly as Christian Thompson of Homewood scored five points in a 9-0 push to take an 88-80 lead with around one minute to play.
With less than 20 seconds to go and the North leading 91-83, the teams essentially stopped playing defense and a dunk party began. Alabama football engagement Antonio Kite from Anniston delivered a fumble dunk for the North, and Dawkins added a final dunk for the South.
Kite finished with 18 points for the North, while Russell of Sipsey Valley had 16 points.
Henderson added 17 points, six rebounds and two steals for the South, while Colby McAllister of Spanish Fort had 11 points.
The victory was the 49th in a series for the North that began in 1951. The North holds a 49-29 lead.