CANFIELD, OH- Basketball Fans and supporters turned out in droves during last night’s inaugural YSN Charity All-Star Basketball Games. Proceeds raised during the event are to be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help fight childhood cancer. In front of a nearly capacity crowd at South Range High School, and over 7,000 viewers on YSNLive.com the showcase of over 20 different schools under the YSN banner proved to be top-notch entertainment.
The girls led things off with some serious star-power. Ursuline standout and Pitt recruit, Dayshanette Harris started things off with a three-pointer (11 points on the night) for Team Blatch. Also showing off the hot-hand last night was Crestview Senior, Haley Eskra who dialed long distance one more time for her Coach and fans and finished with 5 points.
For Team Nittoli, Poland’s Sarah Bury led the way with 14 points and was voted YSN All-Star Game MVP as she cashed in clutch free throws down the stretch to help her team to a 64-61 victory.
Also contributing in the victory were Struthers’ Trinity McDowell and East Liverpool’s Emma Ludwig who had 8 points apiece.
The boys game proved to be a high-flying affair and shined a light on the top-tier talent in Northeast Ohio. There were dunks, alley-oops, and fans were treated to plenty of splash-downs from beyond the arc. East Liverpool’s Gabriel Roach led all scorers with 19 points while putting on a show with numerous dunks to give Team Conley the victory 103-95 over Team Stanton. Roach was also voted by the fans as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
For Team Stanton, Girard’s Matt Payich set the tone with some incredible play of his own adding several rim-rocking dunks and also contributed from beyond the arc.
We wish to thank all involved in these games as we feel they were the most fun games we’ve seen in an All-Star Game. Final totals are still rolling in for what was raised for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, so stay tuned for the amazing show of generosity exhibited on March 20, 2019.