BLOOMINGTON - There was no Michael Jordan sighting Saturday night at Shirk Center. Still, there was plenty for a capacity crowd to see in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Games, including from Jordan's son, Jeffrey.
The younger Jordan scored 13 points and had a breakaway dunk to put an exclamation point on a 114-104 Class AA North victory over the Class AA South.
The 6-foot guard from Loyola Academy High School was among four Illinois-bound players to perform well.
Illini recruit Bill Cole of Peoria Richwoods was the Class AA South MVP with 17 points and nine rebounds, future teammate Demetri McCamey of Westchester St. Joseph had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Class AA North, and 7-foot Mike Tisdale of Riverton was the Class A South MVP with 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 104-90 win over the Class A North.
"It was definitely fun playing with some of these guys for the last time and playing in front of a good crowd," said Jordan, who was co-winner of the Class AA North leadership award. "I think everyone (on the AA North) felt comfortable. Everybody wanted to get out there and try to get a win, so the intensity was great."
Jordan was 5 of 7 from the field and 2 of 4 from the free-throw line before a crowd which included his mother, Juanita. Asked why his famous father could not attend, he replied, "I'm not sure. But you know, whatever. It's always like this. I'm sure he'll see me more in the future."
Jordan scored eight first-half points to help build a 59-51 halftime lead. However, it was Bradley recruit Sam Maniscalco, a guard from Chicago St. Patrick, who caught fire down the stretch.
Maniscalco scored 10 points in a 17-2 surge, turning a 94-93 deficit into a 110-96 cushion with 1:44 remaining. He finished with 20 points, while the AA North was led by 22 points from MVP Evan Turner, a 6-6 Ohio State recruit and former high school teammate of McCamey.
"Our chemistry off the court was good," Turner said of his team. "I think that played a big part in it. I felt comfortable playing around these guys. I'm going to miss the battles we had growing up."
Asked about the battles ahead in the Big Ten Conference, Turner smiled and said, "Oh yeah. I'll give them (the Illini players) a workout, no doubt."
The 6-9 Cole helped the South get out to an 11-4 lead, scoring six points in the first three and a half minutes. He had 11 of his 17 points in the opening half.
"I would have liked to shoot better, but I was scratching the boards all right," Cole said. "I had some stuff fall in my lap, so I did what I could.
"We all had the green light on our high school teams, and you saw how that translates here. Everyone gets their shots in and nobody gets mad when they don't get the ball."
Bloomington guard and Southern Illinois recruit Justin Bocot had nine points for the AA South. Lincoln's Brandon Farmer and Matt Schick added seven points each. Schick's future teammate at Illinois Wesleyan, guard Sean Johnson of Washington, scored nine.
Tisdale had 10 points and six rebounds in the second half as the South pulled away from a 44-42 halftime lead. He benefited from the play of guards Robert Kreps of Maroa-Forsyth and Travis Rosenkranz of Macon Meridian, who had five and three assists, respectively.
"They shared the ball well," Tisdale said of the guards. "It's not like a normal all-star game where the guards come down and chuck up threes. They passed real well.
"It was exciting to have that big a crowd out there for the single-A game … having all the Illinois fans and some of the players I'm going to be playing with next year here. It was a lot of fun."
Kreps, an Illinois-Chicago recruit, finished with 13 points and also won the Class A South leadership award.
"The first half we kind of struggled together. But the second half we started running the floor and understanding each other a little more," Kreps said. "Up at UIC, I'm not going to be a main scorer. I'm going to be more of a leader as a point guard. To get that award means I'm changing my game already."
The 6-0 Rosenkranz, an IWU recruit, scored 10 points, all in the second half, to go with six rebounds and his three assists.
"I think we were a little uptight in the first half," he said. "But we were talented enough we could rely on each other to do their job. I think the second half we realized that and calmed down. It showed."
The A South MVP was 6-8 Southern Illinois recruit Carlton Fay of Putnam County. Fay had 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while battling Tisdale on occasion.
"He's a big guy, man. He's big from the start, and then he has those long arms," Fay said. "It seems like he could jump up and touch the ceiling. It was tough, but it was fun. Going against him is only going to make me better."
Javon Coney of Chicago Latin led the A North with 17 points and Chicago North Lawndale's Cordarell Smith had 16. Alex Tanney of Lexington added six points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The A North leadership award went to Tremont guard Jim Kuban, who had five points and five rebounds.