By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
NEOSHO, Mo. —
Nathan Reid of Carthage scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half as the Blue all-stars rallied from a 14-point deficit Saturday night and defeated the White all-stars 95-93 in the Lions All-Star Twin Classic at Neosho High School.
Reid, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Blue all-stars survived the White all-stars’ onslaught from behind the 3-point line.
“It was getting frustrating because you’re contesting and they’re still hitting shots,” Reid said. “I was proud of my teammates, the way they pulled together and got a win. It was a fun experience.”
Kyle Woods of Monett scored 13 of his 20 points for the Blue team in the second half. Cody Fitzpatrick of Pierce City led the White team with 18 points and Jory Bartkoski of Wheaton added 15 points on five 3-pointers.
“We knew there was still time,” said Sarcoxie head coach Kyle Johnson, whose Blue all-stars trailed 85-75 with 5:50 remaining. “If we could cut into the lead each minute, we would be OK. We knew we could have the momentum for us if we could keep getting stops.”
The Blue all-stars led 25-15 early in the second quarter before the White all-stars began to find their shooting range. Daniel Noah of Seneca, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, closed out the first half with a pair of 3-pointers that gave his team a 50-37 halftime lead.
“That was our night in a nutshell,” said Exeter head coach Jay Allen, who coached the White all-stars. “When you look at the two teams, they had the height advantage inside. We knew we would have to shoot the ball.”
The Blue all-stars took a 94-93 lead on a spin move to the basket by Wyatt Scott of Golden City, then added a free throw by Woods with 15 seconds left for the final margin.