The game MVP scored the winning basket.
South point guard JoJo Walker split the North defense, drove down the lane and laid the ball in at the 1:40 mark of the fourth quarter. The St. Joseph senior's basket gave the South its 93rd and 94th points, and the South nipped the North 96-93 in the 27th annual Kiwanis Central Coast All-Star Basketball Spectacular at Hancock College Saturday night.
Walker's basket made it 94-91. The South's Jordan Allen (Righetti) fouled the North's Elijah Cooks (Atascadero) on Cooks' 3-point shot. The University of Nevada signee made two of his three free throws with 22.3 seconds left.
Allen was fouled with 19 seconds left, and he made both ends of the one-and-one. Seth Moore of San Luis Obispo and then Jake Jensen of Mission Prep missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the last seconds.
Quentin Pettiford (Righetti) contested Jensen's try as time ran out, and the shot didn't come close.
Allen led balanced South scoring with 16 points. Scott McBeth (St. Joseph) put in 15 points, and Walker and Pettiford both had 14.
Cooks popped in a game-high 26 points for the North.
Walker was one of the shortest players on the floor, but he was also the quickest. The University of Portland signee put his quickness to good use, snaring a game-high 11 rebounds. McBeth pulled down eight rebounds for the South. Connor Morinini (St. Joseph) had seven, and Steele Brooks (St. Joseph) and Isiah Kurgan (Santa Maria) both had six.
Spencer Cecil (Morro Bay) was the North's leading rebounder. He snagged nine rebounds. Patrick Angle (Arroyo Grande) had eight and Cooks, Vince Ricigliano (Mission Prep) and Carter Gran (Mission Prep) all had seven.
Angle and Gran scored 15 points each. Jensen had 10. At halftime, Angle won the 3-point shooting contest and Cooks won the slam dunk contest.
The South leads the series 13-9.
Track and field
West Coast Relays
CLOVIS — Santa Ynez junior Emily Donahue and teammate Sarah Perkins both qualified for the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, in the girls 1,600 meters and shot put respectively, at this meet Saturday at Buchanan High School.
Donahue finished in 5 minutes, 12.28 seconds. Perkins had a best of 35 feet, 9 and 1/4 inches in the shot put. Both competed in the invitational section, which was the highest section.
Santa Ynez's Sarah Johnson finished in 13.51 in the girls open 100. Breanna Rodriguez threw 103-10 in the girls open discus. Jasper Kadlec jumped 19-0 in the boys seeded long jump.
No places for Santa Ynez athletes were available.
Freshman Olivia Labastida finished in the top four in two hurdles races and anchored the girls 4x100 relay team that finished second, in 51.36, in the open division.
Labastida finished second in 48.18 in the girls seeded 300 hurdles and fourth in 17.48 in the girls open 100 hurdles. Sophomore teammate Abby Gutierrez was fifth in 17.91 in the same race.
Nipomo's Matt O'Henley finished sixth at 142-8 in the boys discus.