Many of the best high-school basketball players in the state got a chance to square off one last time in the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame all-star games at Omaha North.
In the high-scoring headliner featuring boys representing West and East squads, Omaha Central’s Darian Barrientos-Jackson scored 18 points and was named MVP in leading the West to a 104-93 win over the East.
Rather than the four eight-minute quarter games that high school games typically use, the all-star game was composed of two running 20-minute halves, although there were brief timeouts every five minutes to allow for total team substitutions.
Seven players scored in double figures for the West.
Trevon Montgomery of Omaha North, playing on his home court, led the East squad with 16 points.
The event benefited the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame, which named its athletes of the year at halftime.
Those were Devin Washington of Lincoln Southeast for football, Akoy Agau of Central for boys basketball, Rollerson for girls basketball, Kenzo Cotton of Papillion-La Vista for boys track, Brianna McGhee of Omaha North for girls track and Faith Carter of Omaha Marian for girls soccer.
West co-coach Scottie Davis, an assistant coach at Omaha Burke, said he enjoyed watching the kids on both teams have fun.
“Basically the most important thing was about having fun. It’s not about who wins or loses,” Davis said.
“They all were just doing their thing out here and all having fun and doing what they’re supposed to do,” Davis added.
It didn’t hurt his team’s chances that he had four Omaha Central Eagles on his squad.
That team went 27-0 in the regular season this year and won the state basketball title.
“Definitely, definitely. Those guys have a winning history, so good to have them on our team,” Davis said.
East coach Donnie Johnson, who coaches Benson, said the event is an important one to the community.
“It’s a wonderful event. It’s a lot of great athletes and what it stands for is a lot of black athletes that have come out of the community,” Johnson said.
“That’s what it’s for, and it’s wonderful for the kids,” he added.
East Boys.....................45 48--93
West Boys.........................53 51--104
East: Tyron Criswell 11, Riak Bol 6, Ethan Montalvo 12, Parnell Mathews 7, Treston Mayo 9, Kang Char 3, Trevon Montgomery 16, Tre King 8, Josh Abels 6, Trey Moore 14.
West: DeShawn Roberts 4, Mike Welch 12, Darian Barrientos-Jackson 18, Cameron Payne 10, Tre Hymer 10, James Jones 7, Jalen Bradley 11, Dylan Travis 10, Kiefer Musiel 17, Will Bassett 3.
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West Girls 69, East Girls 34
All –Nebraska girls basketball captain Brianna Rollerson of Omaha Central led the West squad with 18 points and was named MVP as the West rolled easily.
The West built a 21-2 lead after one quarter and had a 39-11 advantage at halftime.
East coach Luke Lueders of Burke said that despite the lopsided loss, the event was a fun one and supported a good cause.
“It’s a great cause and a great opportunity to see these kids play together one last time,” Lueders said.
Jackie Osenbaugh of Lincoln East scored 14 while hitting six of seven from the floor, and Emily Gamble added 13 for the West.
Omaha Burke’s Bailey West paced the East squad with nine points.
East Girls.......................2 9 5 11--34
West Girls.....................21 18 13 17--69
East: Jasmin Moore 5, Bri Baker 2, Haley Tarpinian 4, Natalie Long 9, Taylor Pensick 3, Michelle Wallerstadt 3.
West: Emily Gamble 13, Koi Bradley 6, T’Keylah Stapleton 2, Lauren Meyers 9, Mercedes Bender 7, Jackie Osenbaugh 14, Brianna Rollerson 18.