Boys Basketball: Eaglecrest trio, Blue Team earn sudden victory OT win over Conway, Gold Team at The Show

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Blue Team member Elijah Ross of Eaglecrest High School, center, rises to challenge Austin Conway (Overland) of the Gold Team during the first half of The Show all-star boys basketball game on April 4, 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Blue Team that included Ross, brother Colbey Ross and Blend Avdili topped Conway's Gold Team 84-82 in overtime in the contest featuring 20 of the top players from across Colorado. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Blue Team member Elijah Ross of Eaglecrest High School, center, rises to challenge Austin Conway (Overland) of the Gold Team during the first half of The Show all-star boys basketball game on April 4, 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Blue Team that included Ross, brother Colbey Ross and Blend Avdili topped Conway’s Gold Team 84-82 in overtime in the contest featuring 20 of the top players from across Colorado. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | All-star basketball games are never quite like real ones, especially with quirky rules like sudden victory overtime.

The four Aurora boys players who suited up for The Show all-star game Saturday at the Pepsi Center got to experience the oddity of deciding an evenly-contested game over four quarters with a first basket wins format.

Eaglecrest's Blend Avdili, of the Blue Team, left, throws up a hook shot during the first half of the Blue Team's 84-82 overtime victory over the Gold Team in The Show boys all-star basketball game on April 4, 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Avdili finished with eight points. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Eaglecrest’s Blend Avdili, of the Blue Team, left, throws up a hook shot during the first half of the Blue Team’s 84-82 overtime victory over the Gold Team in The Show boys all-star basketball game on April 4, 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Avdili finished with eight points. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The Eaglecrest trio of Blend Avdili and brothers Elijah and Colbey Ross got to experience the thrill of winning in that strange fashion, as Denver East’s Brian Carey hit a floater a couple of minutes into overtime to lift the Blue Team over the Gold Team — which included senior Austin Conway of Class 5A state champion Overland — 84-82.

Avdili, a senior, and Colbey Ross, a sophomore, scored eight points apiece, while senior Elijah Ross tallied five to help the Blue Team outlast the Gold Team, which got 11 points from Conway, many during the midst of a furious finish.

As a guard, Conway had his work cut out for him keeping up with Carey — the game’s Most Valuable Player with 24 points — and the Ross brothers, while he also missed playing with his Overland running mate De’Ron Davis, who was unable to play in the game as he was in a club tournament in Arkansas.

Conway’s layup with 39 seconds left tied the score at 82-82 as the Gold Team came all the way back from a nine-point deficit with less than two minutes left.

Carey’s shot to win it at the end of regulation came up short and both teams had several possessions in overtime that ended with fouls, which did not result in free throws, but merely possession.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

2015 SHOW BOYS ALL-STAR GAME

BLUE 84, GOLD 82 (OT)

Score by quarters:

Blue 19 17 16 20 2 — 84

Gold 17 20 24 21 0 — 82

BLUE (84)

Brian Carey (Denver East) 9 3-3 24, ELIJAH ROSS (EAGLECREST) 2 1-2 5, COLBEY ROSS (EAGLECREST) 3 1-2 8, Malik Hart (Montbello) 1 0-0 2, Justin Bassey (Colorado Academy) 4 0-2 8, Grant Harkness (Faith Christian) 2 2-2 6, BLEND AVDILI (EAGLECREST) 4 0-2 8, Charles Gavin (Denver South) 6 2-2 14, Zach Pirog (ThunderRidge) 4 0-0 8. Totals 35 9-15 84.

GOLD (82)

AUSTIN CONWAY (OVERLAND) 4 2-2 11, Michael Sparks (Abraham Lincoln) 3 3-4 10, Tanner Smith (Jim Elliot) 0 1-2 1, Michael Ranson 2 0-0 5, Justinian Jessup (Longmont) 3 0-0 9, Donovan Oldham (Rampart) 5 0-0 10, Thomas Neff (Arvada West) 4 2-2 11, Chris Moody (Chaparral) 6 5-6 17, Jake Holtzmann (Chaparral) 1 0-0 2, Ryan Quaid (Fossil Ridge) 3 0-2 6. Totals 31 13-18 82.

3-point field goals — Blue (5): Brian Carey 3, Colbey Ross, Malik Hart; Gold (7): Justinian Jessup 3, Austin Conway, Michael Sparks, Thomas Neff, Michael Ranson. Total fouls — Blue 10; Gold 9.

Full box score by Jon Yunt, BoCoPreps.com