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Bessemer City’s Thaddeus Williams and Fairfield’s Reginald Perry where aport of the Alabama Boy’s All-Stars 118 - 97 victory over Mississippi All-Stars at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum in the 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Friday, March 13, 2020. Williams had nine points, which included a three-pointer, and Perry had seven points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots during the night.
The Alabama Boys’ All-Stars had competed seven times at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic over the last 29 years. Mississippi had won six.
Alabama had a strong performance from inside and out produced to get the win as Alabama’s team improved to 16-14 in the series that played its first game in 1991 at the University of North Alabama in Florence. The 118 points was a new scoring record for Alabama, breaking the old mark of 113 in a 118-113 loss in 2007 in a game played at Pelham Civic Center.
Alabama MVP Antwan Burnett scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace Alabama, coached by Pinson Valley’s Darrell Barber and Wenonah’s Audwin Howard. Burnett was 1-of-19 from the field with two 3-pointers.
Colby Jones of Mountain Brook also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zondrick Garrett of Oxford added 17 points, Kam Woods of Pinson Valley chipped in 12 points, six assists, and three steals, and East Limestone’s Austin Harrell finished with 12 points. Ronnie Gordon of Jeff Davis also had eight rebounds.
The record-setting points came on two free throws by Fairfield center Reginald Perry with just over a minute to play.
Alabama led 54-44 at the half and outscored Mississippi, coached Bruce Robinson of Warren Central and Marcus Flippin of Brookhaven, and out-pointed the hosts 64-53 in the second half.
Mississippi MVP was Alijah Martin of North Pike High School. He had 18 points and nine rebounds and also blocked three shots.
Alabama won the rebounding battle 58-46 and forced 19 turnovers while making only 11.