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Premiere squad runs away to victory at Bellarmine-Jefferson's All-Star Spectacular

Basketball: Team that featured Bellarmine-Jefferson's Miles Hopkins, Malcolm Resisford and Parker Williams, Burbank's Richard Elmoyan and Hoover's Teo Davidian notches 122-108 win.

May 03, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

BURBANK – In a showcase that seemingly had equal parts block party and all-star game, the Premiere All-Star high school boys’ basketball team utilized its sharp-shooting ability to defeat the Elite All-Stars, 122-108, in the inaugural High School All-Star Spectacular that included several local players and was hosted at Bellarmine-Jefferson High.

“It really doesn’t get much more fun than this,” said Premiere guard Miles Hopkins, one of three Bell-Jeff players tabbed to the team. “We don’t know that much about each other, but we talk and we get to know each other and it’s basketball. You just out there are have a good time.”

Hopkins’ squad, which wore light jerseys, included Guards teammates Malcolm Regisford and Parker Williams and fellow locals in Burbank’s Richard Elmoyan and Hoover’s Teo Davidian.

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The visiting Elite team was led by former Glendale Adventist Coach Kevin McCloskey, currently head coach of San Gabriel Academy, and included St. Francis guard Evan Crawford and former Crescenta Valley High standout Nick Springer, now at Maranatha High.

While each team had a specific strength, such as the Elite’s height advantage due in large part to Maranatha center Muusa Daama (18 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks), the Premiere squad received a stellar 1-2 effort from Village Christian’s Marsalis Johnson and Chatsworth’s Michael Morrissey.

Johnson was named the game’s MVP thanks to a 30-point, eight-round effort, while Morrissey, who appeared in the zone midway through the fourth quarter, finished five for nine from three-point land and tallied 27 points.

Morrissey put on a clinic just when the Elite squad closed its deficit to 90-88 on an offensive putback from Orangewood High’s Celeb Barnes with 7:44 left in the contest, which featured 10-minute quarters.

Morrisey connected on back-to-back three-pointers, the second coming thanks to a steal from Hopkins (three points, two assists and two steals) with 6:55 left that put the home squad up, 96-88.

Even as the Elite squad countered with a powerful dunk from Daama, Morrisey hit a surreal 30-foot triple that gave the Premiere team a 99-90 advantage with 6:22 remaining.

The three-pointer was one of three for Morrisey, who drained another shot 40 seconds later to put his team into triple digits and ahead double digits via a 102-92 lead.

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