- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Marcos Schuster of Frenship scored 16 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors for the North as the squad beat the South, 118-101, in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game in San Antonio on Monday night.

The 6-foot-2 Lubbock Christian signee hit 6-of-7 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

San Antonio MacArthur’s Marcus Harris led the South with 17 points, and Zach Dumas of Huffman Hargrave won team MVP with 16 points in 15 minutes.

It took just a few possessions during his team’s 37-point first quarter to see why Erick Neal decided to stick with basketball instead of following his identical twin brother into college football.

Neal, a two-sport Class 4A standout at Dallas Lincoln, scored nine points and had six assists with four steals and two blocks in 18 minutes

During a two-minute span of the first quarter, Neal assisted on a look-away, behind-the-head lob pass that Shane Johnson of Shoemaker was easily able to lay in. Neal followed that with a steal and pass to San Saba’s Kelan Verette for the assist and later drove the lane and put the ball under his legs for a showboat layup.

Neal, a 5-10 point guard, is signed to play at Texas-Arlington. Neal’s brother Derrick also starred for a Lincoln basketball team that counts the NBA’s Chris Bosh as a product from its 2002 team, but Derrick has signed to play football at Kansas.

Despite the dizzying pace and a 21-point lead in the first quarter, the North fell short of the THSCA’s record team score of 135 points from the 1990 game.

Neal got no rest during halftime. On Xavier Adams’ opening attempt of the slam-dunk contest, Neal drove the baseline and lofted the ball precisely off the thin side of the backboard. Adams grabbed it and stuffed it through.

Adams, a 6-5 forward from Flower Mound Marcus signed to play at New Mexico, won the contest.



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