BY ROBERT VENDETTOLI
Wednesday nights men’s high school basketball all star game, which featured the top seniors from the Sunrise Region against the Sunset Region, certainly lived up to its billing with the Sunrise battling back from a 17-point deficit to top the Sunset in a 102-98 overtime thriller at Foothill High School.
After falling behind 47-36 at the half, Sunrise teammates Spencer Mathis (Valley) and Re’meake Keith (Desert Pines) took turns guiding their region to victory. After going scoreless in the first half, Northern Colorado commit Mathis broke out for eight of his 13 points in the third quarter while Keith, a Highline College (Wash.) signee, scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers that cut the Sunset lead to single digits.
“This was my last high school basketball game,” said Keith. “I just wanted to come out and have fun, but more importantly get a win. We started out slow, but I feel down the stretch we proved we were the better region.”
Canyon Spring guard and Eastern Washington commit Gerad Davis finished with 12 points while Foothill guard Jalen Sheppard scored 13.
Durango guard and San Jose State commit Darryl Gaynor led all scorers with 21 points.