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Ohio boys All-Stars defeat Indiana, 79-76
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:35 PM

Paulding’s Kyle Kauser named Ohio MVP

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Sportswriter

ANTWERP - The inaugural SportONE All-Star Basketball Classic held at Antwerp High School last Saturday was an entertaining evening enjoyed by a large crowd who gathered to watch many of their local heroes.

More important than the scores and the winners was the camaraderie and sportsmanship displayed by the players. Normally, opponents during the season, the players from Indiana teamed up to play the stars from Paulding and Van Wert Counties in two games that displayed more individual talent than team basketball.

Like most all-star game, it was more about trey shots and dunks that the crowd want to see and they were not disappointed.

In the boys’ contest, the Ohio contingent outlasted Indiana, 79-76, to take bragging rights after the first classic game. The game was filled with individual highlights including 3-point shots and rim-rattling dunks.

Indiana featured 6-foot-11 crowd favorite Steve McElvene from New Haven, who dazzled the spectators with a variety of slams.

Indiana opened with an early 10 point lead and enjoyed a 39-35 margin at intermission. While Indiana had the height advantage, Ohio used the long ball to get back into the game. The local stars connected on 14 goals from behind the arc while Indiana managed seven. Lincolnview’s Kyle Williams collected five 3-pointers to lead the Ohio attack from behind the arc.

Kyle Kauser, named Ohio’s MVP, added four baskets from downtown. Kauser, from Paulding High School, led the Ohio scoring with 19 points. Williams finished with 17 for the winners.

Trailing throughout most the game, the Ohio stars entered the final period on the short end of a 52-49 score.

Ohio took its first lead with 2:20 remaining when hometown favorite, Derek Smalley, canned a basket to give the Ohio stars a 69-68 lead. Smalley scored five points in the final 90 seconds including a lay-up with 14 seconds remaining to give the Ohio stars the win.

McElvene, who will attend the University of Dayton in the fall and play basketball for the Flyers, finished with 23 and was named MVP for Indiana.

Score by Quarters:

Ohio        15   20   14   30--- 79

Indiana    25   14   13   24--- 76

Ohio boys all stars (79): Kauser (Paulding) 6 3-4 19, Vance (Paulding) 1 0-0 3, Smalley (Antwerp) 3 0-0 7, Etzler (Crestview) 3 1-1 8, Speice (Wayne Trace) 1 0-0 2, Williams (Lincolnview) 6 0-0 17, Helm (Crestview) 1 0-0 3, Wenzlick 1 1-2 3, Bolenbaugh (Crestview) 5 0-0 11, Harder (Paulding) 3 0-0 6. Totals: 30 5-7 79. Three point goals: Kauser 4, Vance 1, Smalley 1, Etzler 1, Williams 5, Helm 1, Bolenbaugh 1.

Indiana boys all stars (76): Campbell (Churubusco) 3 0-0 7, Reiner (Eastside) 2 0-0 5, Kable (Adams Central) 2 0-0 6, Black (Adams Central) 3 0-0 6, Derickson 1 0-0 2, Griggs (New Haven) 8 0-0 18, Baumer (Adams Central) 3 0-0 6, McElvene (New Haven) 11 0-0 23, Spangler (Adams Central) 1 1-1 3. Totals: 34 1-1 76. Three point goals: Campbell 1, Reiner 1, Kable 2, Griggs 2, McElvene 1.