Favors lifts East to win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Georgia Tech recruit Derrick Favors scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the East past the West 113-110 in the boys McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night.
Favors was left wide open for an alley-oop pass from Lance Stephenson with 41.7 seconds left, and Favors slammed it home for a 111-110 lead.
"Derrick is a very sneaky person," said Oklahoma-bound Keith Gallon, who scored a game-high 20 points. "You turn around and he's gone."
Dominic Cheek, who is headed to Villanova, and Pittsburgh recruit Dante Taylor each scored 15 points for the East, which leads the all-time series 18-14.
"When we were in the locker room, we said we are not going to lose this game," Favors said.
Gallon led all scorers with 20 points for the West. Avery Bradley, who is headed to Texas, added 15.
Xavier Henry, who has signed with Memphis, scored 14 points for the West, while DeMarcus Cousins, another coach John Calipari recruit, scored 14 points for the East.
With Calipari headed to Kentucky to take over the Wildcats, the two prized recruits might want to follow the coach.
"I have to open my eyes and find a new place, a new home," Henry said. "It won't be Memphis. I won't be attending Memphis."
Cousins said, "I'm not sure yet if I am going to go to Memphis."
Tommy Mason-Griffin, another future Sooner, missed a 3-pointer for the West and Favors slammed home another dunk. Mason Plumlee missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the East the victory.
The West led 63-55 at halftime, but the East opened the second half on an 8-0 run to erase the deficit.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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