By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
CLINTON – Marcus Green is drawing summer attention for his football skills. Raheem Sorrell has been called the state’s best back-to-the-basket big man. Daniel Simmons has a scholarship offer from Middle Tennessee State, with more sure to come.
The North trio shared one goal Monday night in Clinton, as North All-Star teammates in the 59th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Basketball Game.
“It was fun,” Simmons said. “Me and Raheem play all the time together at the Boys and Girls Club in Corinth. That’s why our chemistry’s like that. I’ll feed him if he’s open.”
The South won for the fifth straight time, 112-82. Simmons finished with 11 points and also won the pregame free throw contest.
The trio made up three of the four North players in double figures, jumping out to a first-half lead, a lead that disappeared when things got out of hand in the second half. But chemistry was evident.
The regularly scheduled opponents aren’t strangers.
In a 10-0 run in the first half, Corinth’s Sorrell took a nice dish from Alcorn County rival Simmons, of Biggersville. North Pontotc’s Green then hit a 3-pointer, then had an assist to Sorrell for a 24-16 lead.
“I know them personally, so we kind of knew what each other can do,” Green said. “We just kind of went off each other like that.”
Green totaled 14 points, including two on a slashing layup late in the second half.
Green and Simmons each scored again before wholesale changes.They were coached by Booneville coach Michael Smith. Sorrell had 14 points and six rebounds. He took some lessons away from a solid stat game.
“I’ve got to improve, got to work, get more in shape,” Sorrell said, “get more physical.”
Howard Thomas (Brandon) had 12 points and 12 boards for the South. It is the fifth straight time the South all-stars have totaled more than 100 points.