CONWAY — Jefferson County was well represented with three participants including West squad members Tevin Brown (Watson Chapel) and Roosevelt Murray (Pine Bluff) and East player Kabion Ento (Dollarway) in Thursday’s Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star boys basketball game.
“It felt great,” Brown said of his time at the game. “It was a great experience and I met a lot of new people. It was just a real good experience for me.”
“I met a lot of new people as well,” Murray said along with Brown. “I learned a lot and I had fun as well.”
“It feels real good, especially when you didn’t think you were going to make it,” Ento said with a laugh. “A lot of people thought I was here for football, but it feels real good especially cause of
the caliber level of talent here. It also feels good because this was probably my last time playing basketball.”
The East defeated the West 85-77 in a game that had some high-flying dunks and some highlight reel plays. The game also included some Division I prospects including University of Arkansas signees Anton Beard (North Little Rock) and Trey Thompson (Forrest City).
Beard led the East with 14 points and was named the game’s overall MVP. Thompson added seven points, two blocks and nine rebounds.
For the West, Josh Bowling of Benton had a game-high 21 points and won team MVP accolades. Spencer Reeves of Cedar Ridge (10 points) was named East team MVP.
Ento, Brown, and Murray all recorded statistics throughout the game. Murray led the Jefferson County trio in scoring with 11 points (including a buzzer beating three-pointer at half), while adding one assist and a steal in 12 minutes of play.
Ento finished with five points, one assist, and two blocks in 13 minutes of play. Brown recorded two assists and a steal in 10 minutes.
“I did good,” Brown said of his performance. “I could have scored more but we came out and competed well and that’s all that matters.”
“We competed well,” Murray said alongside Brown. “I scored and I think I did pretty well.”
Ento, who was on the winning side, also said he had fun competing alongside some high-caliber athletes.
“I think I did pretty good,” Ento said. “I just wanted to come out here and have fun and compete. Overall it was just fun to do.”
With the East taking victory, Ento was able to claim the bragging rights for the Jefferson County players and he cracked a few jokes after the game.
“We knew we were going to win,” Ento said with a laugh. “They put up a good fight, but at the end it really is all fun and games.”
Brown and Murray responded with good sportsmanship, but Brown said he got Ento when it really mattered.
“I won when it counted most in high school,” he said with a laugh. I was 2-1 against them, so they are just mad.”