Phoenixville, Coatesville play first All-Star Challenge

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Hunter Herschell prepares to take a shot while being guarded by Coatesville's Jadan Hudson (1) during the first annual All-Strar Challenge in boys basketball April 8 at Phoenixville Middle School.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville's Dylan Clark (21) handles the basketball between Coatesville defenders Dupree Blank (2) and Rohder Hicks (1) during the 11-13-year-olds' game in the first annual All-Star Challenge April 8 at Phoenixville Middle School. Clark scored a team-high 11 points in the contest.

PHOENIXVILLE - Three age group youth boys basketball games were played during the first annual All-Star Challenge between Phoenixville (Phoenixville Marian Youth Club) and Coatesville on April 8 at the Phoenixville Middle School gymnasium.

In the first game, pitting players 8-10 years old, Coatesville edged Phoenixville, 42-40. In the second game, for 11-13-year-olds, Coatesville scored a 60-25 victory. In the third and final contest, for 14-15s, Coatesville defeated Phoenixville, 61-48.

In the opener, for the 8-10s, Jamal Stewart scored 13 points for Phoenxville while Andy McMahon tallied nine, Zach Brunni six, Elijah Martin five, Xavier Mayo four, Joe Flagg two and Gabriel Masenberg two. Other Phoenixville players were Glen Allen Thomas and J.J. Rockenmore.

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For Coatesvilles Young Gunners, Jayden Brickus and Dinero Washington each scored 10 while Bolder Eubanks tallied seven and Dillon Blair had six, Kevin Towns four and Terrence Cobb and Jayden Gillmore two apiece and Samad Brown one. Other players for the visitors were Keith Cochran and Clarence Bacon.

The teams were deadlocked at 20 at halftime.

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In the middle game, Dylan Clark paced Phoenixville with 11 points for the 11-13s, including one 3-point field goal during the second half. Luke Bagley had six and Darrell Branch, Kareem Hughes, Sam Kirk and Noah Baker two each. K.J. Quinn, Vinnie Moffa and Colin Bowdish also played for the locals, who trailed, 38-15, by halftime.

For Coatesville, A.J. Hoggard led the way with 18 points, including the first eight of the contest. Dupree Blank scored 10, C.J. Brown eight, Rohder Hicks, Ricky Santiago and Hunter Blair six each, Sion Allen four and Tione Holmes two. Zameer Gilliam also saw action for Coatesville.

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In the finale, Hunter Herschell scored a game-high 19 points, including a pair of 3-point field goals in the second half. Zeke Vinson also reached double figures with 10 points.

Phil Meszaros finished with nine second-half points, including one trey, while Nasir Green had eight and Matt Osisek-Byrne two. Tyshawn Thomas, Colin Hook and Julian Wilkerson also saw playing time for Phoenixville.

For Coatesville, Charles Lewis was the high man with 16 points, followed by Jadan Hudson (12), Brandon Miles (11) and Trent Hugan (10). Isaiah Hall had five, Kamau Brickus four and Jamel Lopp three to complete the teams scoring. Mark McNeil, Colin Mihalak, Tiggy Newton and Javon Perry also saw action.