All Stars also means new beginnings

By Thomas Garcia

Thursday night’s game in Albuquerque was a chance for some athletes to relive some old rivalries and possibly settle some old scores.

But the outcome, some said, was quite different than they expected.

It all happened when the North played the South in the high school men’s All Star basket ball game that was played in the Pit.

For many, this was the final game of their high school days – a rite of passage.

Throughout junior and senior high these athletes had put their heart and soul into the game they loved to play.

It started out with the North trailing all of the first half. But they rallied together to come back in the second and to take the lead.

Then, the South began a last minute comeback with a run of scores and foul shots. But it wasn’t enough, the South fell short losing 82-81.

And the score was sweet for two players from Logan.

Drew Perez played starting point guard for the North team.
And Perez played his last game with a former Longhorn teammate, Jake Abercrombie.

“ It was a real honor to play on the North All Star team.” said Perez. “Then after the game, it seemed weird. I began to realize that this was my last and final game that I would play as part of a team,” he said.

“It was a real great experience.

“Some of the former rivals that I played against were on my team for this game, and we are now all friends,” said Abercrombie.

Refreshed with new insights, they are set to go their separate ways.

Perez will go to El Dorado, Kan., to attend Butler College, where he said he plans to study veterinary medicine.

And Abercrombie to Texas Tech University at Lubbock, where he said he will study pre-med.

Neither one said they plan to pursue basketball at college.