LYNN — The talent always seems to amaze the all-stars.
The 9th Annual Agganis Men’s and Women’s All-Star Basketball Classics were played last night at Lynn Classical, and even though both games featured the typical all-star approach — run and gun, minimal defense — the athletes left the sweltering gym impressed with the overall skill level.
The South emerged victorious in both contests. Andover’s Devon Caveney scored 10 points and earned the MVP Award to lead the South to a 51-48 win in the women’s game, while Kenneth Ramos scored a game-high 16 points to lead the South to an 87-72 win in the men’s game.
Ramos, of East Boston, threw down a handful of dunks that excited the crowd and helped him earn the MVP award. Everett’s Tyree Gregory was a late addition to the North roster and he picked up his team’s MVP award with 14 points, including a pair of impressive jams of his own.
“It’s fun being around athletes that are well above my athletic ability, and it’s fun to play with kids from the area that are kids you’ve seen through AAU or just throughout the season,” St. Mary’s of Lynn graduate and Peabody resident Matt Manning said. “It’s pretty awesome to get a chance like this.”
Ipswich’s Julia Davis, who took home the North MVP in the women’s game, felt the same way about her teammates, even though she was the player that sparked her team to a second half run that made the game interesting.
“I haven’t played since our last tournament game and it was good to get out there with a bunch of experienced players. They really helped me out and really we built off each other, and were able to work well together,” Davis said.