Three pointer after three pointer, dunk after dunk; the ACC All-Stars proved exactly why they are the ACC All-Stars.
It didn’t last long, but the West Caldwell All-Stars did have an early 5-0 lead over the ACC. That was until the ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren (N.C. State) and others began to heat up from behind the arc, ultimately leading to a 144-126 victory over the West Caldwell All-Stars at the ACC Barnstorming Tour on Friday night in Gamewell.
Once the ACC stars started knocking down shots, they became unstoppable. However, the former Warriors kept pace thanks to their two sharpshooters Stoney Polite and Landon Bowers.
“It’s great for a lot of people to see these guys that played at West Caldwell, that maybe they never got to see before,” said West Caldwell Athletic Director Stephen McMasters. “Then to get these ACC guys here in the community is not something you see every day or even every year. It was a great night here at West Caldwell.”
While both teams were their to win a basketball game, the ACC Barnstorming Tour is about a lot more than just winning a game.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said UNC senior Leslie McDonald. “The big thing is a lot of kids and people here aren’t able to come to the Smith Center or Cameron (Indoor Stadium) or buy a ticket. It’s just fun for us to come to their environment at a local high school and just play, and they can come and watch.”
ACC fans got a whole new perspective on ACC basketball on Friday night at West Caldwell. Some of their favorite players were now teammates with some of their most hated player. However, from an ACC point of view, it’s all just fun and games.
“We’ve been going against each other all year and now we’re on the same team,” Duke’s Josh Hairston said. “It’s really a blessing to be able to play with all these guys.”
McDonald had plans to win the three-point contest at halftime, however, Polite (2006 West Caldwell graduate) had other plans. Polite hit four of his five shots in the contest, while McDonald hit just two. In the dunk contest, it was Duke’s Andre Dawkins taking home the title when he took the ball off his own bounce pass and turned into a reverse jam.
Rounding out the West Caldwell roster with Polite and Bowers were Brandon Dula, Jeremy Harper, CJ Genwright, James Watts and Jacob Lail.