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Boys and girls hoops all-stars light it up

Posted: March 8, 2008 2:50 a.m.
Updated: May 9, 2008 5:03 a.m.
It was a fitting end to the 2007-08 Foothill League boys basketball season.

In the first Foothill League Senior All-Star game on Friday, it was John Otavka, the league's Most Valuable Player, who made the clutch shot at Valencia High .

Otavka drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 19 seconds left to win the game 88-87.

The league was split in half, with Valencia, Canyon, and Hart playing on one team, and Saugus, West Ranch, and Golden Valley playing on the other.

Otavka dropped two treys in the final 1:36 to give his team the win after they had been down by as much as 18 points in the first quarter.

Rendon Dominguez of Hart led the way with a game-high 32 points, while Canyon's Cody Anderson scored 18 and Otavka had 17.

"It's an all-star game," Dominguez said. "Nobody is playing a lot of defense. I happened to hit shots."

For the other side, Calvin McGreggor of Golden Valley connected on five 3-pointers to lead the way. He scored 15 points. Grizzlies teammate Stephen Lopez added 10.

At halftime of the game, there was a slam dunk contest. Valencia's Terrez Scott won with a first-round dunk where he threw the ball off the back board and slammed it down, followed by a windmill dunk in the second round.

"I wasn't even in it. I asked to be put in it," Scott said. "Two of my teammates couldn't be here so I said I'd win it for them."

Dominguez took second place and Mario Wright of Saugus 0took third after dunking over West Ranch guard Ian Lott, who was sitting in a chair near the basket.

In the girls game, the team of Valencia, West Ranch, and Hart defeated the team of Golden Valley, Canyon, and Saugus 57-48.

Hart's Megan Ford scored a basket with 1:42 left in the first half to give her team a 24-22 lead, which it never relinquished.

Lauren Labat of Saugus, one of the league's co-MVPs, said she wasn't sure about being teammates with people she had played against all season.

"You expect them to be intense and unfriendly," Labat said, who scored a team-high nine points. "You get to meet them finally and they are great people."

Hart's Kelli Lewis led all scorers with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.

In the 3-point contest, Chelsey Hastigan of Valencia, Michael Cassio of Saugus, and Dominguez finished in a 3-way tie for first place, making 11 3-pointers in the final round.


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