First Team Alum Leads West to McDonald's Win

The 2010 edition of the McDonald's All-American Game came down to the final shot as 6-foot-3 iHoops First Team alumn Brandon Knight hit a deep three to give the West squad a 107-104 victory over the East squad.

Make no doubt about it, there were stretches in the first half where defense didn't seem to matter, as the East went to the locker room up 59-51 over the West squad. But the game started to heat up after the West squad opened the second half on a 14-4 run behind some strong inside play by Tristan Thompson and Josh Smith to go up 65-63 with 15:55 to play in the game.

The two clubs exchanged baskets for the next six minutes and were knotted at 87-all with 8:22 to play. At that point it looked like the west might run away down the stretch as they went on a 9-2 run to hold a 96-89 lead with 5:30 to play. But, hometown hero Jared Sullinger became a man possessed leading the East back, scoring nine points, as the Eadt knotted the score at 104-all on a dunk by his future teammate Deshaun Thomas with 28 seconds to play.

The West called a timeout and set up a play to get the ball to Harrison Barnes, but when the East doubled him to take away the pass. Up stepped "Mr. Cool & Collected" Brandon Knight who like we've seen him do in the summer so many times and nailed the three to seal the 107-104 victory for the West!

The West's MVP was Harrison Barnes who finished with a team high 18 points. Terrence Jones added 14 points, Brandon Knight 11 points, while Josh Smith and Jereme Richmond chipped in with 10 points each. The East MVP was Jared Sullinger who finished with a game-high 22 points. He was joined in double-figures by Tobias Harris with 13 points (all in first half-injured foot), Josh Selby 13 points, Kyrie Irving 13 points, and Deshaun Thomas who finished with 11 points.

Girls Game: West 84, East 75

Meighan Simmons led the West squad with 21 points in just 14 minutes. She was helped by Karla Gilbert (15 points) and Chiney Ogwumike (14 points) for the West squad.

The West took a 37-24 lead into halftime and held on despite a second-half surge by the East. Natasha Howard had a solid all-around game for the East, contributing 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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