Area basketball fans got a chance to see some of their departing seniors and a couple young stars take to the hardwood one last time this school year during Sunday’s Pickaway Hoops Al-Star game.
Team Primmer came out with the 112-109 win over Team Congrove. Circleville senior Riley Gibson – playing for Team Primmer – was named the game’s MVP.
While several players scored more than Gibson’s nine points, he earned the award through the perseverance he showed in coming back from an ACL injury that kept him from being able to play a single game his senior season for the Tigers.
On paper, it looked like Team Congrove (coached by LE Hall-of-Famer Tim Congrove) might have the edge as the team started five Logan Elm seniors (Gabe Chalfin, Jason Sailor, Trace Smith, Isaac Ward and Jeremy Weitelman) – a group that had combined for more than 3,500 points the last four years.
But Team Primmer (coached by TV grad Tyler Primmer) held a 61-55 halftime lead. TP kept its foot on the gas and was the first to break 100 on a shot from Teays Valley’s Garrett Meddock. His shot gave TP a 102-89 lead with 6:55 on the lock.
TC battled back and Ward hit a bucket to get his team to 100 and close the gap to 104-100. At that point the Elam Scoring System was invoked and the first team to get to 112 would be declared the winner.
The teams started playing stingier defense and it was close at 110-109 when TV’s Camden Primmer sank a short jumper to put an end to the 2020-21 season.
TEAM CONGROVE (109) — Isaac Ward (LE) 22, Gabe Chalfin (LE) 27, Jason Sailor (LE) 7, Jeremy Weitelman (LE) 6, Trace Smith (LE) 7, Donovan Geddis (NHCA) 2, Tyler Shipley (WF) 19, Lane Stevens (AC) 8, Ashton Nunemaker (WF) 12.
TEAM PRIMMER (112) — Camden Primmer (TV) 14, Riley Gibson (CV) 9, Evan Justice (17), Garrett Meddock (TV) 17, Ethan Moore (CV) 16, Clayton Rhyne (AC) 9, Tanner Holbert (LE) 12, Tayvon Miller (AC) 2, Casey Cline (WF) 16.