“It was hustle and second chance points,” Broussard said. “That’s what helped us out there. Steals and second chance points is what we were able to do.”
That didn’t stop the West team, coached by Kountze’s Duane Joubert, from mounting their own comeback in the second quarter. That’s where the West went on a 20-2 run at one point and took a 33-24 lead into halftime.
“It was a lot of fun,” East head coach Brian English said. “We got to meet different kids with different styles of play. We hate to lose at the buzzer, but at least it was exciting there at the end. Our ideas and philosophies didn’t mesh with some of these kids, but you just have to go with it. It’s an all-star game and it’s a lot of fun.”
English was coaching three of his players one last time in the game. Hanley joied Jamiere Rogers and Zach English on the squad. Hanley finished the game with six points, four rebounds and two assists while Rogers had one rebound and one steal and English had eight points and six rebounds.
“It’s bittersweet,” Hanley said. “ I enjoyed it, though. It’s kinda sad that I won’t get to play with Zach and Jamiere anymore, but I’m glad I got to play one last time with them. It was fun.”
Fans also got a treat with those variable lineups, when the Nederland and PN-G players, including big man A.J. Smith, talked to the elder English about adding a little Mid-County Madness to the game.
In the third quarter, English unveiled an all Mid-County lineup, with Pham, Smith, Hanley, Rogers and English all playing together for about two minutes.
“It was great playing with the guys you usually play against,” Pham said. “That Mid-County Madness lineup was crazy. We hang out outside of school, so we’re friends even when we’re not competing.”
The East team was led by Silsbee’s Jordan Holmes, who was named the SETCA Player of the Year befor the game. Holmes finished with 14 points, four rebounds and a block while also giving the crowd a thrill with his high-flying antics.