GUYS MILLS — Who says the dunk is the most exciting play in basketball?

During the 30th Annual Townville Lions Senior Boys All-Star Basketball game Tuesday, it was the 3-pointer that set a crowded Maplewood High School gym into an uproar. Of course, that could be because they came from Tiger senior Jake Ferguson.

Ferguson led South squad, coached by Maplewood skipper Mark McElhinny, to a 114-101 win in the annual event with a game-high 33 points. And 21 of those came from behind the arc at the Wood Shed.

“I just got hot there in the third period,” said Ferguson, who was an easy selection for South MVP honors. “And when a player gets hot in an all-star game, usually everybody else tries to find him. I just got lucky and my shot was falling (Tuesday).”

Especially in the third period, when the Tiger hit five in a row and scored 15 straight points for the South.

And when Ferguson wasn’t draining his shot, Jamestown’s Justin Boyd seemed to make the big play. Three times in the second half the North started to make a run and close the 14-point gap that was created during the first 16 minutes of play. All three times Boyd hit a clutch 3-pointer to halt the momentum.

“Jake was as hot as I have ever seen him,” said McElhinny. “But Boyd hit some big shots down the stretch. I knew (the North) was going to come back at us. Every time they started to make a run, I think (Boyd) halted it.”

It wasn’t all 3-pointers, although it was close.

There was one dunk in the game, recorded by Conneaut Valley’s Jeff Bishop for his only points of the second period. There were also some layups, but the trifecta was key. In total, the teams combined to hit 33 3-pointers, 52 deuces and 10-of-15 free throws to account for the scoring. And, considering the limited amount of practice time, actually played with few miscues.

“We did have one practice,” said McElhinny. “We went over a couple of plays and let the kids play together.”

“And that was only for like an hour,” said Ferguson. “I was surprised by how well every one shot. It goes to show how good these guys are, to be able to come and shoot like that after a long layoff.”

Following Ferguson in the scorebook for the South was Boyd with 19. Cochranton’s Greg McCullough added 17 and Lakeview’s Dan Engstrom tallied 14.

North MVP Ben Mook of Cambridge Springs scored a team-high 17, while Union City’s Cody Campbell and Cambridge’s Matt Livermore added 14 and 13, respectively. Valley’s Jordan Varee (11), Conneaut Lake’s Cory Godina (11) and Maplewood’s Bob Bowler (10) also reached double digits in a losing effort.

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