When C.H. Flowers fielded its first boys' basketball team three years ago, Coach George McClure wanted to see how quickly the program could distinguish itself in a county known for its success on the court.
Though the Jaguars fell two victories shy of reaching the Maryland 4A tournament this season, McClure watched with pride Friday night as three of his seniors -- Marc Duncan, Franklin Banks and Ian McCullough -- showed they can compete with the county's best. The Jaguars' trio dominated the county's all-star game in front of a capacity crowd of about 1,500 at Prince George's Community College.
Duncan scored a team-high 17 points, and Banks and McCollough added 10 and seven points respectively to lead the 4A League team over the 3A/2A/1A League, 110-82.
"Since our school had never had any seniors, it was important for us to prove to everyone that the best players at our school can play with anybody," Duncan said. "This was my last high school game, and I really wanted to go out a winner."
Parkdale's Joe Penn added 13 points, and Crossland's Keyl Davis added 10 points for the 4A team. Friendly forward King Miner (game-high 20 points) and Fairmont Heights's Ihsan Robinson (12 points) led the 3A/2A/1A team.
"I think it's a big accomplishment for C.H. Flowers to have three players picked for this game," Banks said. "This game had a lot of bragging rights, and we showed the 4A was a better league."
Battle Leads 3A/2A/1A Girls
Senior guard Alisha Battle, the lone bright spot on the Fairmont Heights girls' basketball team that won just four games this season, captured the spotlight at the girls' all-star game. Battle scored five of her 16 points in overtime to lead the 3A/2A/1A team to a 71-63 victory over the 4A League all-stars.
Battle's three-pointer broke a 61-61 tie, and her driving layup two possessions later secured the victory for her team. DuVal's Laquita Whitmire scored a game-high 24 points, and C.H. Flowers's Krystal Slade and Largo's Melissa Washington combined for 27 to lead the 4A squad.
"This game was an all-star game, but it was still important to win," said Battle, who averaged an area-best 24.3 points this season. "A lot of the time our league gets overlooked, and we wanted to show people that our league is better than the 4A league."