Friday the 13th isn’t unlucky for everyone.
Boone Central’s Anthony Michael, Kraig Flanagan and Chuck Perone all ended their Cardinal basketball careers with a win June 13 in the 25th Annual Northeast All-Star Game at Norfolk’s Cox Activities Center.
Perone, ending a long high school coaching career, guided the White team to a 103-89 victory with some help from 2008 BC graduates Michael and Flanagan.
The two Cardinals were part of the opening five – along with 6-foot-6 Lutheran High NE center Porter Birtell and Wayne guards Jesse Hill and Reggie Ruhl – that got the Light off to a strong start, racing to an 18-9 lead in the opening five minutes.
The Dark team fought back to knot the score at 37 in the second period, but the White’s other quintet – Mychael McClure and Scott Mendlik of Wisner-Pilger, Randolph’s Luke Borst, Norfolk Catholic’s Keaton Knake and Kendal Bender of Humphrey St. Francis – finished the first half with a 16-4 run and the squad maintained a solid lead throughout the final two quarters.
Perone and assistant Jeff Messersmith of Winside kept their five-for-five rotation – with each group playing half a quarter – intact for the entire contest.
“We got off to a fast start and shot the ball pretty well,” Perone commented. “We had two really nice groups and matched up very well. Both groups complemented each other well and the chemistry was good.
“We really didn’t make many changes. We just kept switching five for five and it was pretty successful.
“Overall, the kids gave a great effort.”
Borst tallied 17 points and was voted White MVP, while McClure led the team with 20 points. Hill and Knake each netted 12 for the Whites, Michael added 11 and Flanagan scored seven.
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