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April 1, 2009

Big men push East over the West

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MIAMI - Keith Gallon had an outstanding offensive showing as the game's leading scorer, but it wasn't enough to match the combined effort of the East's big men on Wednesday night at the McDonald's All-American game. Most Valuable Player award winner Derrick Favors paced the East with 19 points in its 113-110 win over the West.

EAST

Derrick Favors - 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting, 1-for-3 from the line, eight rebounds, one block in 18 minutes

A dominant force around the rim, Favors scored the majority of his points on authoritative dunks. DeMarcus Cousins and he were the game's leading rebounders with eight each.

Dante Taylor - 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, 3-for-3 from the line, six rebounds, one block, one steal, two assists, one turnover in 15 minutes

A high-energy player, Taylor made the most of his 15 minutes.

Dominic Cheek - 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, 2-for-2 from 3-point range, 1-for-5 from the line, three rebounds, one block, one steal in 14 minutes

Cheek did what he does best, and that is knock down spot up jumpers.

DeMarcus Cousins - 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting, 1-for-2 from 3-point range, 1-for-4 from the line, eight rebounds, one block, one assist, two turnovers in 17 minutes

Despite some lapses handling the ball and at the free throw line, Cousins demonstrated why he is considered the most offensively gifted big man in the class.

Lance Stephenson - 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, 0-for-2 from the line, four rebounds, three steals, six assists, six turnovers in 23 minutes

Although he had some hiccups handling the ball, Stephenson was pivotal in the East's strong showing in the second half.

Kenny Boynton - 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting, 0-for-4 from 3-point range, 2-for-3 from the line, four rebounds, three assists, two turnovers in 20 minutes

His signature pull-up 3-pointer wasn't falling, but Boynton found other ways to contribute for the East.

Peyton Siva - Six points on 3-for-5 shooting, 0-for-1 from 3-point range, three rebounds, one steal, nine assists, three turnovers in 19 minutes

Siva had the highlight move of the game with a 360 lay-in. He also did an admirable job setting up his teammates to the total of a game-high nine assists.

Ryan Kelly - Six points on 3-for-6 shooting, 0-for-1 from 3-point range, two rebounds in 13 minutes

Kelly doesn't have the physique yet to battle with the big boys inside, but he is extremely comfortable with the ball and always a threat on offense.

Maalik Wayns - Five points on 2-for-6 shooting, 0-for-1 from 3-point range, 1-for-1 from the line, one rebound, seven assists, one turnover in 18 minutes

Wayns used his physical strength to his advantage and then found the open man off the dribble.

Alex Oriakhi - Five points on 1-for-3 shooting, 3-for-5 from the line, four rebounds, one block, one steal, one assist in 14 minutes

Oriakhi never got into a rhythm, but he was active in the paint.

Milton Jennings - Four points on 2-for-3 shooting, four rebounds, one block, one steal, one turonver in 14 minutes

Jennings had some nice plays during the early portion of the game.

Dexter Strickland - Two points on 0-for-4 shooting, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, 2-for-2 from the line, four rebounds, one assist, one turnover in 15 minutes

Strickland struggled to make an impact in the game.

WEST

Keith Gallon - 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, 1-for-1 from 3-point range, 3-for-3 from the line, seven rebounds, one steal, one turnover in 21 minutes.

Gallon is right there with Cousins as an offensive talent, and he demonstrated that ability tonight as he has done in the practices. As his conditioning improves, he needs to channel more of his energy to his defensive game.

Avery Bradley - 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, 1-for-2 from 3-point range, 2-for-3 from the line, six rebounds, two steals, one assist, two turnovers in 23 minutes

Bradley was the most electric athlete in the game, and took another step in establishing himself as the top shooting guard in the class.

Xavier Henry - 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, 1-for-3 from the line, five rebounds, one block, two steals, two assists, one turnover in 23 minutes

Henry shot the ball well and made some nice plays driving the ball to his left.

John Henson - 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting, three rebounds, two blocks, one assist in 16 minutes

At times Henson was overmatched in the strength department, but he made some impressive plays with his length.

Michael Snaer - 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, 1-for-2 from the line, two rebounds, one assist, two turnovers in 17 minutes

Snaer continued his strong play from the practices with an impressive effort in the game.

Renardo Sidney - 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting, 1-for-3 from 3-point range, six rebounds, one block, three assists in 17 minutes

Sidney didn't play with a lot of energy, but his offensive skill level was evident on several plays on the perimeter.

Abdul Gaddy - Six points on 3-for-9 shooting, 0-for-3 from 3-point range, 0-for-2 from the line, one block, one steal, two assists, three turnovers in 20 minutes

Gaddy played a controlled and solid game, but never got fully untracted.

Mason Plumlee - Six points on 3-for-8 shooting, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, four rebounds, two blocks, one steal, two assists, one turnover in 18 minutes

Not a natural scorer, but Plumlee has a feel for being in the right spot to make plays with his athleticism and ball handling skills.

Travis Wear - Six points on 3-for-5 shooting, one rebound, one steal, three assists, one turnover in 11 minutes

Wear had some nice interior passes.

Tommy Mason-Griffin - Five points on 2-for-11 shooting, 1-for-6 from 3-point range, one rebound, one steal, four assists, three turnovers in 20 minutes

Like Boynton, Mason-Griffin was cold from the outside but found other ways to contribute.

David Wear - Zero points on 0-for-2 shooting, 0-for-1 from 3-point range, three rebounds, one assist, one turnover in 14 minutes

Wear struggled to get going offensively.



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