It was a game of runs by both teams, but in the long run, the White team had just a little more than the Navy as the White won the 24th Annual Southeast Colorado All-Star boys' basketball game Wednesday at Otero Junior College's McDivitt Center.
Rye's Jensen Brower put the Navy in the lead early with a 3-point basket. But Las Animas' James Gallegos scored seven straight points to give the White a 7-3 lead.
Crowley County's Bradley Carnes-Clabey came back with two straight baskets to tie the score at 7-7, but La Junta's Matthew Espinoza drained a three, and Rocky ford's Josh Stover and Gallegos both scored layups for a 14-7 White lead.
Crowley County's Raymundo Suarez scored two straight layups to bring the Navy within 14-11, but the White went on a 5-4 run to end the first quarter and take a 19-15 lead.
Carnes-Clabey opened the second quarter with a layup and Cheraw's Ryan Nunez tied the score with a another layup. Carnes-Clabey then gave the Navy a 21-19 lead with 5:03 left in the first half.
Kim's Cecil Shannon buried a trey to put the White back into the lead. That sparked an 8-0 run which gave the White a 27-21 advantage.
The Navy closed the deficit to 29-26; however, Rocky Ford's William Valdez scored five points and another Meloneer, Larry Gonzales, knocked down a jumper to give the White a 36-26 lead at the half.
Rocky Ford's Isaiah Hernandez made two free throws and Fowler's Jesse Coffman made a jump shot to reduce the White lead to 36-30. The lead stood at 38-32 before the White got five points from Crowley County's Hayden Carter for a 43-32 advantage.
Carnes-Clabey ended the rally with a dunk, but Espinoza scored in the paint. Suarez made one layup and Carnes-Clabey scored twice to narrow the margin to 45-40.
Crowley County's Chris Meyer scored five consecutive points, but Carnes-Clabey scored three straight baskets and Crowley County's Jacob Pitts scored another as the Navy closed to within 49-48 at the end of the third quarter.
The White scored the first nine points of the fourth to raise the advantage to 58-48. Brower then split at the line before Gallegos drained a three and Espinoza drove for a basket for a 63-49 lead.
Carnes-Clabey scored seven points to help the Navy cut the deficit to 68-61. Zeke Torres and Espinoza scored to increase the White lead to 72-61, but Fowler's Brand Sharp and Carnes-Clabey scored the final points of the game.
Carnes-Clabey led all scorers with 33 points. Valdez led the White with 20 points, followed by Gallegos with 16 and Carter with 11.
White 72, Navy 65
Navy — D. Sharp (Fowler) 0 0-0 0, Carnes-Clabey (Crowley County) 16 0-3 33, Suarez (Crowley County) 2 0-2 4, Nunez (Cheraw) 2 0-0 5, Brower (Rye) 2 0-0 5, B. Sharp (Fowler) 1 0-0 2, Hernandez (Rocky Ford) 0 2-2 2, Pitts (Crowley County) 3 0-0 6, Coffman (Fowler) 2 0-0 4, Ricahrdson (Rye) 1 0-0 2, Gauna (Rocky Ford) 0 2-2 2. Total 29 4-9 65.
3-point goals — Carnes-Clabey 1, Nunez 1, Brower 1.
White — Stover (Rocky Ford) 1 0-1 2, Espinoza (La Junta) 4 1-2 8, Shannon (Kim) 1 2-4 5, Gallegos (Las Animas) 6 0-0 16, Carter (Crowley County) 5 0-2 11, Meyer (Crowley County) 2 2-2 6, Arrona (Las Animas) 0 0-0 0, Valdez (Rocky Ford) 8 3-4 20, Gonzales (Rocky Ford) 1 0-0 2, Torres (Rocky Ford) 0 0-0 0. Total 28 8-15 72.
3-point goals — Gallegos 4, Espinoza 1, Shannon 1, Valdez 1, Carter 1.
Navy 15 11 22 17 — 65
White 19 17 13 23 — 72
Fouls — Navy 9, White 8.