Lemanis-coached South team wins All-Star game

Last updated 18:27 22/12/2012
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HANG TIME: Tom Abercrombie goes up for a dunk during the NBL All-Star game.

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The Andrej Lemanis coached South team have prevailed over the North 134-114 in the Australian NBL All-Star game.

The South team, featuring Breakers players Cedric Jackson and Tom Abercrombie, led from start to finish.

Abercrombie was the best of the Breakers, nabbing 15 points and a handful of entertaining dunks. He also had six rebounds and three steals.

After Melbourne star Jonny Flynn provided the foundation, fellow Tiger Chris Goulding applied the finishing touches to be crowned NBL All Star MVP.

The athletic Goulding had 14 fourth-quarter points to finish with a game-high 24, along with five boards and four assists to take home the MVP award.

Adelaide hometown favourite Daniel Johnson (21 points) and Tigers import Seth Scott (19) routinely got on the end of the superb work of Flynn (seven points, 10 assists) and Jackson (12 points, 10 assists).

North's brave charge was led by Sydney import Darnell Lazare (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Wollongong pair Adris Deleon (18 points, nine assists) and Lance Hurdle (18 points).

South made a barnstorming start, leading 38-13 at the end of lop-side opening term.

Melbourne's ex-NBA guard Flynn wowed the crowd with some dazzling ball-handling skills, at one stage bringing the ball all the way down the floor with nothing but between-the-legs crossovers.

He had five assists for the term, including sensational alley-oop lobs to Jackson and Johnson to lead South's sizzling transition game.

Jackson had a crack at turning crowd-pleaser in the second period but narrowly missed two audacious windmill alley-oops from his own lob passes.

North fought back through the exploits of Deleon, who had 10 points at 100 per cent and four assists for the term, but Flynn had the final say of the half.

Isolated one-on-one against Townsville's Gary Ervin, Flynn faked a pass before drilling a second-chance buzzer-beating trey to make it 69-51 at the main interval.

Ervin caught fire in the third stanza with eight points at 100 per cent to slice the gap back to 82-79, and then Deleon continued the charge with five quickfire points of his own.

Three-point shootout winner Stephen Weigh duly responded with back-to-back triples to keep the South clear 96-84 three quarter-time advantage.

Ervin again in the fourth but the Southerners continued to draw further clear with Scott, Jackson and Johnson prolific and Goulding filling up with a couple of stirring double-handed jams.

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The thrill-a-minute contest ended with Deleon alley-oop passes to Hurdle and Lazare, but the day would belong to the South.

Earlier, the three-point competition was won by Adelaide's Stephen Weigh and the dunk contest, which also featured Abercrombie, was won by the Tigers' late replacement Bennie Lewis.

- AAP

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