Aiken star comes through in overtime

With his team's lead evaporated, Aiken's Tra Parker delivered in the clutch.


Parker scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and overtime to earn MVP accolades in South Carolina's 117-114 win against Georgia Saturday night in the boys CSRA All-Star Basketball Game at Richmond Academy.

"It means a lot, especially among all these great players," said Parker, who also acknowledged Myson Jones, his Hornets teammate, and his victory in the 3-point contest.

After Georgia led 16-10 early with an array of dunks from Swainsboro's Maurice Strong, South Carolina grabbed the lead thanks in part to Jones hitting two first-half 3s.

Silver Bluff's Kendall Rogers added all eight of his points in the second half to keep South Carolina ahead for most of the second half. But once Fox Creek's Owen Jacobs scored inside to make it 100-88 South Carolina with a little less than six minutes to play, Laney's Rod Hall sparked a Georgia rally.

A Clemson signee, Hall won the most outstanding player award by putting up 33 points, including 25 after the first half. Georgia even took a lead for a few seconds at 107-105.

But South Carolina's Jared Johnson, from Ridge View, had a putback to tie it and then just missed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from around halfcourt to necessitate overtime.

In the three extra minutes, Georgia went up 112-108 before Parker hit a big 3 and later added a free throw after he got fouled on a drive.

Hall tied the game at 114, but he couldn't get the ball in his hands with his team down one as the South Carolina bench yelled, "Don't let him get it back."

The ball was stolen and South Carolina added two more free throws with 0.9 seconds left.

Georgia had one final look, but it couldn't get a shot off before the horn.

In the girls game, Georgia survived to win, 83-80, despite South Carolina rallies.

Laney's Mykala Jones took MVP and 3-point champion honors, scoring a team-high 20 points for Georgia as she dealt with cramps around both knees in the second half.

"It feels good to play in Augusta for one last time," Jones said. "I wanted to have fun."

Jones, who signed with South Carolina State, sparked a 13-point first-half advantage.

Butler's Ashley Watts, who has signed with Lander, hit consecutive long-range shots to bring a six-point lead up to 12.

However, North Augusta's Kayla West dominated, scoring all but five of her game-best 24 points in the second half.

One of her layups made it 48-47 South Carolina for her team's first lead since 2-0, but it didn't last.



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