The Sidwell Friends all-star game had several offensive spurts, thunderous dunks, fancy one-on-one moves and outstanding defensive plays. And in the end, with Lee's Jeff Jividen hitting three-pointers and Flint Hill's Aaron Bain playing both ends of the court well, the East broke away to a 104-90 victory over the West last night before 2,200 at Georgetown's McDonough Arena.
The game was to showcase two 6-foot-10 centers, the East's Jerrod Mustaf of DeMatha High School (five points) and the West's Donald Hodge of Coolidge (19 points). That matchup never materialized because Mustaf showed up late, missed the first half and never got into sync offensively.
Hodge, however, came out showing his offensive prowess, scoring on scoop layups, dunks and turnarounds for 15 first-half points, leading the West to a 50-49 advantage at intermission.
Bain, a 6-6 junior voted the game's most valuable player, and teammate Brandon Adams (11 points) had the task of controlling Hodge and Spingarn's 6-7 power forward Ricardo Leonard (18 points). Hodge and Leonard were effective most of the night; but in the fourth period, the East jelled under Bain's leadership and overcame a 71-64 deficit with nine minutes remaining.
Theodore Roosevelt's Julien Goodman hit from the outside and McKinley's Donald Ford (11 points) scored on a layup to bring the East within 71-68. Spingarn's Weldon Parham (10 points) interrupted the East's rally by hitting from the perimeter, then Coolidge's Derrick Price, who hustled and had a spectacular dunk over three defenders, made a scoop layup that pushed the West's lead to 75-68.
But the East countered with another surge. Jividen pumped in a three-pointer, Ford scored down the lane and Bain converted a breakaway layup to even the score at 75.
With Bain pulling down defensive rebounds and beating defenders downcourt for easy baskets, the East went on a 16-5 run to take command, 91-80, with four minutes left.
Leonard and Hodge tried to make up the deficit with inside baskets, but the East, with good outside shooting, would not fold.