ELIDA – Defense might win basketball games, but a high-powered offense sure makes the game a lot more interesting for the fans.
In Tuesday’s District 8 boys All Star game at the Elida Fieldhouse, area seniors had one more opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the local fans.
And the fans weren’t disappointed.
In the first game of the night, the Division I-II-III players took to the court.
And offense was the name of the game, as the East squad jumped out quickly and pulled away for a 150-97 victory over the West.
Bath’s Taren Sullivan and Lima Central Catholic’s Martyce Kimbrough wowed the fans, as both senior standouts poured in 32 points.
Sullivan canned five 3-pointers, but did most of his scoring off high-flying dunks. Kimbrough was on fire from the outside, hitting eight shots behind the arc.
Kimbrough, who helped lead LCC to a Division III state title this past weekend, will be continuing his basketball career at the University of Indianapolis next school year. The 6-foot-1 Kimbrough averaged 19 points per game for the state-champion T-Birds. He was named Co-Player of the Year in Division III.
“It’s such a blessing,” Kimbrough said about winning the state title. “It feels great. …It just hit me last night, actually. We made history, and I hope they (LCC) can do it in the years to come.”
Sullivan will be heading to the University of Findlay next year to play basketball. This past season, the 6-foot-6 Sullivan averaged 20.9 points per game and helped lead his team to a 21-5 record.
“I’m definitely looking forward to improving my game,” Sullivan said. “I know they’ve been doing great things there (at Findlay), so I’m looking forward to helping as much as I can.”
Besides Sullivan and Kimbrough, the East had three other players score in double figures. Elida’s Louis Gray, Liberty-Benton’s Adam Cytlak and Findlay’s Adam Twining each scored 18 points.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Alex Schroeder led the West with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Coldwater’s Brandon Wolters added 22 points, which included four shots behind the arc.
Also in double figures for the West were Parkway’s Brant Barna (17), Shawnee’s Trey Brock (14) and Celina’s Mason Ross (10).
The victorious East squad was coached by Shawn Allen, formerly of Lima Senior. The West was guided by Delphos Jefferson’s Marc Smith.
In the Division IV matchup, the game had to go into overtime before the West slipped out with a hard-fought 135-129 win.
Crestview, who was fresh off winning the Division IV state title this past weekend, was well-represented Tuesday as Crestview’s Damian Helm and Cam Etzler led the West with 25 and 22 points, respectively. Teammate Tyson Bolenbaugh added 14 points.
Etzler will be heading to Anderson University next year to play basketball.
For Etzler, Tuesday’s game was a great way to close out his high school career.
“It was fun, because I grew up playing with some of these guys,” Etzler said. “It was a lot of fun. We’re a bunch of guys who, obviously, want to win. …That’s the common goal. But our main goal (Tuesday) was to have fun.”
Also in double figures for the West were Fort Recovery’s Elijah Kahlig (20), Ottoville’s Luke Schimmoeller ( 15), Spencerville’s Ben Bowers (14) and Delphos St. John’s Ryan Koester (11).
For the East, Columbus Grove’s Will Vorhees led all scorers with 36 points, including five 3-pointers. Upper Scioto Valley’s Dylan Hunsicker poured in 28 points, including four 3-pointers. Also in double figures for the East were Pandora-Gilboa’s Jared Tousley (16) and Perry’s Bruce Hodges (16).
The victorious West was co-coached by Crestview’s Jeremy Best and Spencerville’s Kevin Sensabaugh.
The East was guided by Perry’s Matt Tabler and USV’s Jeff Kloepfer.
District 8 All-Star Games
Divisions I, II, and III
East 150, West 97
Taren Sullivan 32, Martyce Kimbrough 32, Louis Gray 18, Adam Cytlak 18, Adam Twining 18, Austin Gutting 9, Brady Allen 9, John Darnall 7, Ryan Geise 5, Colin Gossard 2. Totals: 58–2–150.
Alex Schroeder 25, Brandon Wolters 22, Brant Barna 17, Trey Brock 14, Mason Ross 10, Matt Bidlack 6, Emillio Pearson 3. Totals: 41–2–97.
Three-point goals: East-Kimbrough 8; Sullivan 5, Cytlak 4, Gray 3, Allen 3, Twining 2, Darnall, Geise, Gutting. West-Schroeder 5, Wolters 4, Bidlack 2, Ross, Barna, Brock.
West 135, East 139
Will Vorhees 36, Dylan Hunsicker 28, Jared Tousley 16, Bruce Hodges 16, Seth Schmenk 9, Austin Howard 9, Austin Dumbaugh 7, Nick Hargerty 5, Chris Weyant 3. Totals: 55–1–129.
Damian Helm 25, Cam Etzler 22, Elijah Kahlig 20, Luke Schimmoeller 15, Ben Bowers 14, Tyson Bolenbaugh 14, Ryan Koesters 11, Zach Kuhlman 8, Brandon Hoying 6. Totals: 64–0–135.
Three-point goals: East-Vorhees 5, Hunsicker 4, Hodges 2, Dumbaugh, Schmenk, Weyant, Hagerty, Howard. West-Kahlig 6, Helm 5, Koester 3, Schimmoeller 3, Etzler 2, Bolenbaugh 2, Kuhlman 2, Hoying 2, Bowers 2.