By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
MISHAWAKA — MISHAWAKA — Just like what you would expect in an all-star basketball game, there was little if any defense to go with a wide variety of scoring plays and a plethora of slam dunks.
Concord High School senior Frank House tossed in 18 points and was one of six players on the Red Team in double figures in a 140-122 win over the Gray squad Monday night in the McDonald’s All-Star Game at Bethel College in Mishawaka before a crowd of 2,631 fans.
“I came in here with the idea of having fun,” House said. “It was fun to play with all these talented players. I wasn’t really looking to accomplish anything other than having some fun.”
This was the second year for the boys game that was put on by McDonald’s of Northern Indiana (Dave and Kathleen Sparks owners) and Bethel men’s basketball coach Mike Lightfoot and his coaching staff.
“It was fun for a guy like me who has been out of coaching for 15 years to have the chance to work with these young kids,” said Red coach Bob Berger. I appreciate the opportunity that Mike Lightfoot gave me.”
Fresh off leading the Triton Trojans to a runner-up finish in the Class 1A state tournament on Saturday, Clay Yeo poured in 23 points for the Red squad. He made 11-of-16 shots, many of them on dunks.
Yeo is headed to Valparaiso next season to play for Bryce Drew.
“Of all the players Clay was the one that surprised me the most,” Berger said. ““That may be hard to believe considering he is probably going to be an Indiana All-Star and that he scored a lot of points (1,992 in his career). Before this week I wondered a little how he would fit in at Valparaiso, but now I’m sure he will be a major contributor there.”
Brock Cosey of South Bend Riley scored a game-high 25 points for the Red. Austin Torres of Penn, who is headed to play at Notre Dame, chipped in with 23.
House and Torres both grabbed 11 rebounds as Red held a 64-58 edge in rebounding.
House recently signed a national letter of intent to play at Ball State for coach Billy Taylor who has since been fired.
“My understanding is I have the option of reopening my recruiting if I want,” House said. “My feeling is I’ll probably stick it out. I have talked with the Ball State Athletic Director and he thinks they will have a coach some time in the next three weeks.”
A trio of juniors — Nate Ritchie of Northridge, Jonathan Wilkinson and Zach Zurcher of NorthWood — were on the Gray team.
Ritchie scored 15 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Wilkinson had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“Zach and I got to play a little bit together at the start of the second half,” Wilkinson said. “It means a lot to me to be an underclassman and to be chosen to play and it was really special to have two from the same school.”
NorthWood finished with a 16-7 record this past season. The Panthers advanced to the championship game of the Class 3A sectional at Wawasee before a 60-51 loss to Tippecanoe Valley ended the season.
“We are ready for next season,” Wilkinson said. “Losing in the sectional championship has given us the drive for next year.”
Zurcher scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds.
“Being selected to play in this game is a big honor,” Zurcher said. “It was fun to play with guys like Torres and Yeo. I only wish Demetrius Jackson could have played.”
Jackson (Mishawaka Marian) will be playing in the McDonald’s All-Star Game at the United Center in Chicago. He can only play in so many all-star games and had to sit this one out. Jackson will also be playing at Notre Dame next season.
On Sunday, players visited the Ronald McDonald House at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
“It was very humbling to go there and see all the small children,” Zurcher said. “It was very hard to see.”
Red 140, Gray 122
RED — Franko House 8-13 1-2 18, Brock Cosey 11-19 0-0 25, Clay Yeo 11-16 0-0 23, Ethan Pike 0-9 0-0 0, Josh Flemming 3-10 0-0 6, Michael Bush 6-8 0-0 15, Jared Bloom 5-8 2-2 15, Leo Svete 7-14 0-0 15, Austin Torres 11-14 0-0 23, Nick Davidson 0-0 0-0 0. Team: 62-111 3-4 140
GRAY — Nate Ritchie 6-15 2-4 15, Jonathan Wilkinson 6-12 0-0 12, Zach Zurcher 7-13 0-0 16, Markese McGuire 5-19 0-0 11, Taron Miller 5-16 1-2 13, Mack Mercer 8-17 0-0 17, Ryan Wassink 0-1 0-0 0, Richard Mitchell 5-8 0-0 11, Devan Cannady 7-14 0-0 18, Chris Mitchell 3-8 0-0 9. Team: 52-123 3-6 122
Red 69 71 — 140
Grey 57 65 — 122
3-point goals: Red 13-44 (Bloom 3-4, Bush 3-5, Cosey 3-8, Torres 1-3, House 1-5, Svete 1-5, Yeo 1-5, Fleming 0-4, Pike 0-5). Gray 15-53 ( Cannady 4-10, cMitchell 3-7, Zurcher 2-4, Miller 2-5, Mercer 1-4, rMitchell 1-4, Ritchie 1-5, McGuire 1-10, Wassink 0-1, Wilkinson 0-3).
Fouls: Red 3, Gray 3.
Rebounds: Red 64 (House 11, Torres 11, Cosey 7, Pike 7). Gray 58 (Mercer 10, rMitchell 8, Wilkinson 7, Cannady 6, Miller 6).
Assists: Red 32 (Cosey 10, Bloom 4, Svete 4, Yeo 4). Gray 21 (Ritchie 4, Cannady 3, McGuire 3, rMitchell 3, Wilkinson 3).
Steals: Red 10 (Flemming 2, Svete 2, Yeo 2). Fray 10 (Mercer 2, Ritchie 2).
Turnovers: Red 11, Gray 12.