“It is good to get to play with these guys since we battle them through the year, and I liked us getting up and down the floor that’s my type of game,” said Spring, the most valuable player of the game.
Indiana jumped out to a 14-point lead in second quarter. The Illinois duo of Bina and Thompson combined for 16 points to cut into the lead with good play and got as close as 32-25 at halftime.
“It feels good to win the award and I enjoyed the camaraderie we had together on the college floor after playing against my teammates so many years,” said Bina, who won the sportsmanship honor.
Thompson Agreed with those sentiments and said, “we had a blast and came together and had fun playing together instead of against each other.”
Illinois fought back and tied it at 41-41 with 1 minute, 30 seconds left in the third quarter, but Indiana went on a 8-2 run to take a 49-43 advantaged into the fourth quarter.
“I enjoyed coaching this group and I thought Dylan Bina really played well for us getting to the rim and Max Stutsman cleaned the boards for us,” said Gisinger.
The fourth quarter belonged to Indiana as they outscored Illinois 18-5. The ability for Indiana all-stars to have multiple teammates on the floor at same time was a big help with the flow of the game offensively.
Crawfordsville and Covington schools were represented by three players each.
“I thought the ability to have multiple players on floor together of one team was a benefit to us,’’ said Pierce.
The girls game between the Illinois and Indiana all-stars was cancelled this season because of a lack of players.