DANVILLE — In Mary Miller Gymnasium on the campus of Danville Area Community College the 2014 Battle for the Border 4th Annual All-Star Classic, took place as the Eastern Illinois All-Stars hosted the Western Indiana All-Stars.
The Indiana All-Stars led by Covington’s Chandler Spring with 19 points outlasted the Illinois All-Stars, claiming bragging rights with a 67-48 victory.
The game was played with four 10 minute quarters and a continuous clock except for last minute of each quarter. Each player needed to play five minutes per half. Both teams had to play a man-to-man defense in first half and in second half could do any defense.
Hall of Fame Coach John Specia coordinated the game and would have liked to play it in April, but because of an accident couldn’t get it all together then.
“I think it’s a natural rival when you get Indiana and Illinois together,’’ he said. “The kids hear and read about each other and to get a chance to play against them really brings out the rivalry.”
The Illinois team coached by Greg Gisinger of Chrisman were Salt Fork’s Max Stutsman (6 points), Audie Temples of Paris (2), Jeffrey Thompson of Westville (13), Dylan Bina of Georgetown-Ridge Farm (13), Jeffery Cann of Milford (6), Mason Layden of Hoopeston Area (3), and Wilde Garowski of Bismarck-Henning (5).
The Indiana all-stars coached by David Pierce of Crawfordsville were Quarin Hood of Lafayette Jefferson (4 points), Devon Burton of Southmont (8), P.J. Schafer of Crawfordsville (5), Travis Coleman of Covington (9), Chandler Spring of Covington (19), Hank Horner of Crawfordsville (14), Jordan Ahrens of Covington (2), Shad Conrad of Crawfordsville (2), Kiowa Simonton of Fountain Central (2) and Brayden Woodard of North Vermillion (2).
The all-star game was slow starting but heated up as Indiana jumped out early on Illinois led by Spring’s eight points to lead 13-7.