2011 McLegends Games

by Prez Ro 

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In a word, O-V-E-R-T-I-M-E! Overtime was needed to decided the guys 10th annual McLegends all-star game as the Boys all-stars knocked off the pros 123-122. Thus, the streak is over. Coming into this game, the Pros won the last six games.

Early in the game, the Pros suffered a BIG loss when Rodney Harrison injured what appeared to be his knee in the first quarter. With the injury, he would not return and his appearance on the court proved to help the high schoolers.

Ronald McDonald shooting from the free-throw line.
In overtime, Thornton's Jay Parker’s made a key layup with only 8 seconds remaining which proved to give the high school all-stars the victory even though Jason Avant could have won it from the charity stripe. He was fouled with 1.7 left in the game but failed to make the shots from the charity line.

“I was trying to do anything to distract him and make him think about something else,” said Parker, who actually tapped Avant on his left foot while the Carver High School grad settled in at the line. “This was one of the greatest moments of my life.”

“The kids won this game,” All-Star coach and Thornton legend Sam Cameli said. “It’s a thrill to win at Thornton. I went out on a limb and said we’d win the game and we won.”Even with Ronald McDonald himself on the court, providing a 6-on-5 advantage, the Pros' couldn't capitalize.

Pros (Top left to right): Kenyea Beach, Coach LaMarr Thomas, Rodney Harrison, Earnest Sutton, Mendenhall, Dawayne Burton, Dave Daniel;
(Bottom left to right): Curtis Randle El, Antwaan Randle El, Jason Avant, Marquice Cole
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The Pro's were lead by Kenyea Beach, who knocked down the game-high of 32. “We were confident we would make a run at them,” said McLegend Kenyea Beach, who finished with a game-high 32 points. “We weren’t going to be substituting too much down the stretch.”

Dimitrius Hardwick won the MVP of the contest. "I’m speechless,” said Dimitrius Hardwick, a senior at Thornton who scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to win the Alan Macey MVP Award. “It was a great experience.”



The overtime session was the third in McLegends history — the first coming in 2007, the second in 2009 — and the first time the All-Stars won.

This was extremely thrilling as a sports fan and if you missed it, be sure to check it out as it re-aired Monday, April 18 at 7pm on Comcast 100.
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