Chapman scores 8 in East blowout


CONWAY – The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 98-50 on Thursday night at the Farris Center at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dollarway’s Davone Chapman, who got the start for the East, finished with eight points on 4 of 8 shooting with two rebounds.

In the third period, McGehee’s Zach Ellis hit a three-pointer with less than two minutes left in the period for his only points of the game. He was 1 of 4 shooting with four rebounds.

North Little Rock’s Dayshawn Watkins was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Brookland head coach Bobby Gross, who was an assistant for the East, said it was an impressive feat considering Watkins was not moving at full-speed after twisting his ankle earlier this week.

In the first period, Watkins nailed three consecutive three-pointers to give the East a 20-11 lead. He finished the game 4 of 4 from the beyond the arch.

The East outscored the West 19-7 and in both the second and third period. The East was 37 of 82 from the floor and 11 of 35 from beyond the arch.

The West was 18 of 72 from the floor and 7 of 37 from beyond the arch. The West was outrebounded 68-43 and were just 7 of 14 from the free throw line. The East was 13 of 27 at the charity stripe.

North Little Rock’s Thomas Alexander was named the Outstanding Player for the East after he finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and four rebounds. He also hit two three-pointers.

Stephens’ Travon Harper was named the Outstanding Player for the West after he chipped in with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with four rebounds.

The 48-point differential is the largest in All-Star history. The previous high was in 1972, when the West defeated the East 110-74. In Thursday’s game, the mercy rule never went into effect despite the lead.

In an effort to give each player an opportunity, both the girls and boys basketball games were broken into three 7-minute periods, a halftime, and then two 8-minute periods. In the first half, substitutions were only allowed at the end of the period where as in the second half, substitutions could be made at any time.

The All-Star festivities will conclude today with the All-Star football game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Estes Stadium.