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ST. MARYS â€“ Game MVP Maxx Rynd of Venango Catholic scored 26 points to go with five rebounds and three steals to lead White to a 100-66 win over Blue in the 12th annual Alice R. Kozel Foundation District 9 Boys All-Star Basketball Game played Saturday night at Elk County Catholic High School.
Rynd became the first All American Awards & Engraving D9Sports.com District 9 Player of the Year to also earn Kozel Game MVP honors with his performance.
White used a 29-10 run in the final nine minutes of the first half to build a 53-34 halftime lead and then held off an early rally by Blue in the second half that saw it get back within 13, 55-42, early in the half. A 19-7 White run after that, however, put the game away.
Joining Rynd in double digits for the White squad were Brookvilleâ€™s Kyle Baughman with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Kaneâ€™s Logan Depto with 13 points and Brockwayâ€™s Nick Anderson with 11.
White also outrebounded Blue 69-42 with Redbank Valleyâ€™s Brandon Bain collecting 11 boards to go with nine point, DuBois Central Catholicâ€™s Chris Marshall had 12 rebounds and six points, Clarion-Limestoneâ€™s Brandon Bell 10 rebounds and six points and Cameron Countyâ€™s Ryan Grimm 12 rebounds and four points.
ECCâ€™s Tyler Herzing led Blue with 15 points, Oswayo Valleyâ€™s Camden Nolan had 11 tallies and North Clarionâ€™s Jeremy Schmader 10. Johnsonburgâ€™s Louie Imbrogno and A-C Valleyâ€™s Allan Eaton tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds each. Imbrogno added seven points and Eaton four.
NOTES â€“ ECCâ€™s Ricky Pearsall won the 3-point shooting contest held at halftime of the girls game. Pearsall hit 13 3-pointers one better than Nolan and Herzing and two more than Depto.