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WILKES-BARRE – One era ended for Eugene Lewis on Friday night, but at least he went out on top.


Lewis scored 20 points to garner MVP honors as he helped the East defeat the West 87-75 in the 43rd Dr. George Moses WVC Senior All-Star Classic at Holy Redeemer High School.


Lewis scored a game-high 20 points. Two came on dunks, a trademark of the Meyers senior's high school career that included three years at Wyoming Valley West.


It was at Valley West where Lewis made his biggest impact in another sport – football. He'll be heading to Penn State to play receiver and will be reporting June 24.


"Got to work out, get ready for Penn State and the Big 33 (Game)," Lewis said. "It's time to get to work now. I have workouts; Penn State sent me the thing. I'm going to be running, staying in shape and getting ready for Big 33."


Lewis had 16 points in the first half as the East took a 44-43 lead at halftime. Hazleton Area's Travis Buckner had all nine of his points in first 20 minutes (two 20-minute halves were played) for the East.


The game was close early in the second half until GAR's Darrell Crawford and MMI Prep's George Gera hit consecutive three-pointers for the East. Another Crawford three a bit later opened up the first double-digit lead, 64-53 with 12:21.


While three-pointers were nothing new for Crawford, they were for the West's James Hawk, Tunkhannock's 6-foot-10 center.


Hawk missed badly on one attempt, laughing at the awry shot. He came back to hit his other attempt from outside the arc, bringing a smile to his face.


"You get to try things you'd never tried in regular basketball games," Hawk said. "I shot a three, airballed one and made one. It was nice that you could mess around and still have the feel of a real game."


The game didn't morph into a slam dunk competition in the late minutes, something that has happened in the past. However, there were some plays that were out of the norm of regular-season basketball.


Perhaps the best was turned in by West guard James McCann of Valley West. The standout point guard sent a bounce pass between the legs of a defender to Dallas' Bob Saba, who finished off the play with an easy basket.


Crawford finished with 11, the only other East player in double figures. The West was led by Hawk with 13 and Lake-Lehman's Kevin Bohan and Chris O'Connor, who added 10 apiece. Hawk also received the sportsmanship award.


Holy Redeemer's Ryan DeRemer won the three-point shooting contest at halftime, defeating Sam Hwang of Wyoming Seminary.



EAST (87): Cobb 0 0-0 0, Fazzini 0 0-0 0, Buckner 4 0-0 9, Lewis 10 0-0 20, Stravinski 0 0-0 0, Sharpe 0 0-0 0, Sklanka 1 2-2 4, Judge 0 0-0 0, Zaykoski 3 0-0 6, Vito 1 0-0 2, Plaksa 1 0-0 2, Smith 2 0-0 5, Pape 0 0-0 0, Crawford 4 0-0 11, Steve 2 0-0 4, Gera 1 0-0 3, Powell 2 0-0 4, Rolle 4 0-0 10, Yudichak 0 0-0 0. Totals 37 2-2 87.



WEST (75): McCann 3 0-0 7, Cavanaugh 1 0-0 3, Dunn 1 0-0 2, O'Connor 4 1-2 10, Hawk 6 0-0 13, Brace 3 0-0 6, Gimble 2 0-0 4, Saba 3 0-0 8, Choman 1 0-0 2, Foley 1 0-0 2, Gaizick 1 0-0 2, Bohan 4 0-2 10, Ell 0 0-0 0, Bevan 1 0-0 2, Lefkowitz 1 0-0 2, Vullo 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 1-4 75.























East 4443—87
West 4332—75


3-Point Field Goals— East 9 (Buckner, Vito, Smith, Crawford 3, Gera, Rolle 2); West 8 (McCann, Cavanaugh, O'Connor, Hawk, Saba 2, Bohan 2).

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