Carr-coached South soars to 124-93 win

Lindale's Jordan Van De Kop is joined by his family and coach before the 68th Annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio on Monday, July 30. Pictured (from left) are father Paul Van De Kop, Jordan, mother Christine, brother Peyton and Eagles coach Scott Albritton. (Phil Hicks | ETFinalScore.com)

SAN ANTONIO — Lindale’s Jordan Van De Kop and Tatum’s Brett Carr may have been on opposite sides, but both will take home special memories from the 68th Annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game.

Carr, who has led Tatum to two state tournaments, employed his fast-paced attack as he coached the South to a 124-93 win over the North on Monday at Bill Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary’s University.

“The guys told me the South hadn’t won in (five years); so I said let’s go out and win it,” Carr said.

So the South did as William Stinnett of Waco La Vega hit for 25 points in gaining Most Valuable Player honors for the South. Stinnett will play for McLennan Community College in the fall. Jett Rains, of Coppell, hit for 15 points and was named MVP of the North. He will attend Pepperdine.

Although Van De Kop was on the short end of the score as he played for the North, everything else was positive.

“It was monumental,” said Van De Kop, the first Lindale player to participate in the game. “It was a really fun game — fast-paced, up-and-down. There was a lot of talent out there. I was happy to be among the guys and being able to play in a front of a large crowd. It’s really an honor to be here.”

Van De Kop hit for 5 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the North. The two-time All-East Texas MVP will play college basketball for Oklahoma Christian.

For Carr, he still could not believe he was coaching in the game.

“In the first meeting about this at the state tournament, someone told me Adolph Rupp (former Kentucky coach) was one of the first coaches to coach the South in the Texas High School All-Star game; ... I said ‘are you kidding,’” Carr said. “I’ve been around so many great coaches, those who have coached me, and they are fantastic coaches and have not coached here. It is truly a blessing to be here.”

NOTES — Zachary Tabor, a 6-0 point guard from Graford, won the 3-point shooting contest by hitting 10 buckets. ... Ronnel Jordan, a 6-2 guard from San Antonio Cole, won the slam dunk contest by hitting 3 of 3. ... Three East Texans were officials for the first half — referee Eddie Williams of Mount Pleasant, umpire Ricky Roberts of Clarksville and David Pippin of Hughes Springs. ... Stratton Williams, of Rockport-Fulton, suffered a knee injury in the first quarter. The Dallas Baptist signee played for the South.

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Texas High School Coaches Association

All-Star Basketball Game

At Bill Greehey Arena, San Antonio

South 124, North 93

North     26    25    21    12       93

South    27    38    23     24     124

NORTH — Reeves 1 0-0 3, Raines 5 5-5 15, Tabor 1 0-0 3, Rogers 4 2-2 10, Sutton 0 4-4 4, Adams 2 0-2 5, Overlander 5 0-0 15, Van De Kop 2 1-2 5, LeDay 7 2-2 18, Stewart 7 1-2 15. Totals 33 15-20 93.

SOUTH — Gentry 4 0-0 11, Badillo 4 3-3 11, Duenez 1 1-3 3, Rodewall 2 7-10 11, Prudhomme 7 1-1 16, Stinnett 10 1-1 25, Waller-Prince 6 3-5 16, Taylor 4 2-4 11, Ellwanger 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Jordan 3 0-0 6, Lammert 7 0-0 14. Totals 48 18-27 124.

3-point goals: North 10 (Reeves, Tabor, Adams, Overlander 5, LeDay 2); South 10 (Gentry 3, Prudhomme, Stinnett 4, Waller-Prince, Taylor). Rebounds: North 43, South 48. Total fouls: North 16, South 13. Fouled out: South, Waller-Price. Technical fouls: none.

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