SHREVEPORT — Raining down 3-pointers with abandon, Helen Cox’s Marlain Veal ramped up the West All-Stars’ offense and ignited his team to a 119-100 win over the East in Saturday afternoon’s Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association Boys’ All-Star game at Hirsch Coliseum.
Unsigned and looking for a college, Veal, voted the game’s MVP, overshadowed a number of players who have already secured a spot to play for the next four years.
“This was my last high school game, so I wanted to show what I could do,” said Veal, who is considering Southeastern Louisiana and Xavier. “I was trying to represent my school and my team as best I could. I really enjoyed myself over the last two days in this great atmosphere.”
The game was sponsored locally by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Only seniors are eligible to play in the annual contest and a number of college coaches were on hand in both games trying to secure commitments from some of the top unsigned players.
Higgins standout Melvin Frazier led all scorers with 20 points, but it was Veal with 18 points on four 3s that showed the flash and dash that helped the West team win easily. Parkway’s Artayvious Lynn and Lakeview’s Tivonte “Tay” Hardy added 11 points apiece, while Byrd’s Chad Lott added nine points.
“It was a little slippery out there,” said Lott about the Hirsch floor that was constantly being mopped dry because of multiple leaks in the ceiling. “It was a great experience to play with some of the top athletes in the state. Of course we wanted to win, but it was a lot about having fun with all the guys.”
The offensive assault began early by the West squad, but the East, led by Riverside’s Von Julien (19 points) made it close (59-58) at halftime.
“It was an enjoyable two days, and it’s a treat to get to coach a bunch of guys who can play at this level,” said East coach Kevin Caballero of Sterlington High School, who was an assistant in the 2014 All-Star game. “One of these days I’ll be watching a lot of these guys on TV and knowing I coached them a little at one point. They are a great bunch of athletes, and young men, who handled their business well.”
Other top scorers for the East included St. Amant’s Courtney Julien (13 points), St. Michael’s Jacob Evans III (12), University High’s Maxwell Starwood (11), Scotlandville’s LaMarcus Lee (11) and Warren Easton’s Kevin Hicks (10). Lutcher’s Tiajah White scored nine points.