Roydell Brown and Ray Anderson went at it in a dunk contest during halftime of the Lake Ponchatrain All-Star Basketball Classic, but once the game started back up, getting a win was the only thing on their mind.
Anderson and Brown combined for 44 points on the way to leading the Jefferson Parish to a 104-99 win over Orleans Parish on Sunday night at Xavier University.
“It was fun to come out here and compete with all these great players for the last time,” said Brown, the winner of Sunday’s dunk contest and a University of Louisiana- Lafayette signee.
“We just wanted to run and have fun, but we really wanted to make sure we got the win in the end.”
The Jefferson Parish roster had Blake Coker (Chalmette), Brown (Cox), Shawn Anderson (John Curtis), Vashon Vincent (Ehret), Nathan Bailey (Higgins), Alex Smith (Higgins), Daveron Turner (South Plaquemines), Anderson (West Jefferson), Coley Ransaw (West Jefferson), Eric Boyd (West Jefferson) and Kyle Pollar (West Jefferson).
The Orleans Parish roster was made up of Benton Jarrow (Easton), Brison Gresham (McDonogh 35), De’Jon Jarreau (McDonogh 35), Tevin Bradford (Martin Luther King), Xavian McKay (Holy Cross), Darien Minor (Lusher), Jonathan Green (Ben Franklin), Jacob Yager (Ben Franklin), John Norvel (Salmen), Tyree Thompson (Karr), Vincent Phillips (Karr), Mandrell Radcliff (Lake Area), Devin Edinburgh (Karr) and Kadaro Thomas (Sophie B. Wright).
“We just wanted come out here and be aggressive because we know the East Bank has a lot of good people,” said Anderson, who finished with a game-high 23 points on the night.
Both teams remained close for much of Sunday’s contest, with Jefferson leading 89-87 late in the game. But Jefferson pulled away with an 11-3 run that ended with an Anderson layup that made the score 100-90.
Orleans fought its way back into the game and cut the score down to 102-97 with less than a minute left, but Jefferson made enough plays in the end to pull out the win.
“It’s a great experience for these guys to come out and play against each other one last time,” said West Jeff coach Brian Simmons, who coach the Jefferson squad. “A lot of them have known each other since they were kids, so to have a great event like this where they can all show their skills is a great way to send them out.
Ben Franklin coach Derrick Allen, who coached the Orleans team, said Sunday’s game was a great opportunity to show just how many talented basketball players are in the city.
University of Massachusetts signee De’Jon Jarreau led Orleans with 20 points.
“People think of New Orleans as only being a football city, but that’s definitely not the truth,” Allen said. “So many of these guys have a ton of talent and put in the work to improve their games, so it’s always great when they get a chance like this to show what they can do in front of some college coaches.”
Girls All-Star game
Before the boys’ game, the Orleans Parish girls team took down Jefferson Parish 73-48 at Xavier.
Karr’s Paige Williams, a Nicholls State commitment, led Orleans with 19 points. Helen Cox guard Brittany Hall led Jefferson Parish with 18 points on the night.