Courtesy: NCU Sports Information
EUGENE, Ore. — The 2013 Barnstorm Game played Sunday at Churchill High School was won by the Pro/College All-Star Team, 130-119, behind a game-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field from Bryce Taylor.
In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,700 spectators, seven pro all-stars scored in double figures led by Taylor. Former Ducks Jordan Kent, Aaron Brooks, EJ Singler, and current Beacons head coach Luke Jackson added 16, 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively, while current NCU assistant coach Josh Harbert chipped in with 14 points to go along with a 13-point performance by McDonald’s All-American Mercedes Russell after she was picked up in a halftime trade between Jackson and high school all-star coach Kelly Bokn.
Churchill’s Malik Morgan led six high school all-stars in double figures with 18 points, as he “held court” in front of the Lancer home crowd on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. West Salem’s Alex Roth chipped in with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, while Churchill’s David Shedrick, Sheldon’s Jordan Alexander, South Eugene’s Eli Lininger, and West Albany’s Nate Sherwood each added 12 points each.
Over the opening two-plus minutes, the high school all-stars used a 4-for-6 performance from the field that included a trio of three-pointers en route to jumping out to a seven-point lead (11-4) on a Shedrick three-pointer with 17:54 on the clock. Over the next three minutes, the pro team would use a 15-3 run that concluded with a three-pointer by Brooks en route to the pros grabbing a 19-14 lead with 14:10 left. The pro team would slowly push its lead to double digits, as another Brooks’ three-pointer extended the lead to 16 points (54-38) with just over four minutes left. Over the final four minutes, the high school team would use a 20-8 run to pull within four points (62-58) at halftime following a jumper in the paint by Alexander in the final seconds of the opening half.
The second half would begin with the high school team using an opening 8-4 run over the first two-and-a-half minutes to tie the game at 66-all on a three-pointer by Shedrick with 17:35 left. Shedrick would hit another three-pointer just over a minute later to tie the game for the third and final time, as the high school team evened the game (71-71) with just over 16 minutes on the clock. Over the next seven minutes, the pro team would extend its lead to double figures (99-89) on a Taylor lay-in with 9:19 left. The pros would continue to hold a double-digit lead over the next eight-plus minutes extending its advantage to as much as 18 points (122-104) on a Josh Jarrett fast-break lay-in with 3:50 on the clock. The high school all-stars would cut the deficit to single digits (128-119) on a dunk by Roth with 39 seconds left before Kent hit the game’s final field goal via a lay-in with 24 seconds left for the final margin of 11 points.
As a team, the pro squad was a combined 59-for-103 (57.3%) from the field that included a 9-for-28 (32.1%) showing from beyond the three-point line and a 3-for-5 (60.0%) performance at the free throw line. On the other hand, the high school team was a combined 48-for-90 (53.3%) from the field, 18-for-48 (37.5%) from long distance, and 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the charity stripe.
Other than scoring, Kent led all players with a game-high 11 rebounds for the pro team to go along with a game-high seven assists by Singler. Sprague’s A.J. Lapray and Lininger led the high school team on the boards with seven rebounds each, while Morgan dished out a team-high five assists.
All of the money raised from tonight’s festivities goes to help NCU’s Athletic Scholarship Fund, as the proceeds came from ticket sales as well as a 50/50 raffle and drawings for game-worn jerseys that were signed by the pro team members.
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