All-Star Weekend to put bow on basketball season

All-Star Weekend to put bow on basketball season
Andy Harden leading a group of senior All-Stars (Source: WALB)
Andy Harden leading a group of senior All-Stars (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The 6th Annual All-Star Weekend returns to Albany in 6 days.

South Georgia's finest will have one last showcase for fans, coaches and scouts.

Players gathered for a practice Sunday afternoon.

There will be 12 total events in the span of two days at Albany State's West campus gym.

From Elementary up to varsity, the best across the area will compete in separate All-Star games.

There will also be a cheer, dance and step showcase, and a "Stop The Violence" Community Heroes basketball game.

The weekend is about entertainment, but players and coaches are in it to win it.

"As long as we're keeping score there's always going to be a winner and a loser," said Colquitt County boy's coach Andy Harden who will be coaching in the Boy's Elite All Star game. "We're going to have fun but we also are going to have to be able to switch it on when it's time to get it done. We got to make sure we come out on top. We won last year and that's the plan this year."

State champions from both the Pelham Lady Hornets and Tift County Blue Devils will be in action as well.

"I'm going to just have to play like I did in the state championship game.," said senior Pelham guard Mahogany Brown.

Last year the Region 1-AAAA player of the year Daniel Melvin won in the rising stars game. This upcoming weekend he'll play in the headlining game, and the Carver forward expects the same results.

"That's really what All-Star games are. Games for bragging rights," said Melvin. "You play against your rivals so to speak. the winner gets to talk, the loser has to keep walking."

Tickets to the event can be bought at Athlete's Foot on Dawson road for $12.

The first event Friday is the Stop the Violence community Heroes basketball game at 5:30.

Saturday's events start at 10 in the morning with the 2017 Elite 20 Exposure Camp.

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