The Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Basketball Classic featured the top young players of the Manteca Unified School District Acorn League on Saturday.
Some 350 fans were in attendance at the 10th annual event held at East Union High’s Dalben Center.
In the boys’ game, the South Schools (Joshua Cowell, Golden West, Stella Brockman, Nile Garden, Veritas, Brock Elliott, Walter Woodward, Mossdale, Sequoia, and Shasta) prevailed over the North Schools (Great Valley, Neil Hafley, McParland, Joseph Widmer, Lathrop, August Knodt, New Haven, French Camp, Lincoln and George Komure), 60-56.
MVP Bryant Davis of Stella Brockman sealed the win by sinking a pair of free throws. He led all scorers with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The game was knotted up at 51-51 with five minutes remaining in the game.
Amare Suggs (Woodward) chipped in with 12 while Semaj Moore (Veritas) added nine points and 11 boards for the winners.
Jack Cunial (New Haven) and Micah Crawford (Lincoln) led the North with 10 points each. Dylan Lee (McParland) collected seven rebounds.
In the girls’ game, the North rolled past the South, 60-44.
Taylor Snaer (McParland) was the MVP, finishing with 18 points and four rebounds for the winning squad.
Lani Tuuga (Neil Hafley) added 17 points and five boards for the North.
For the South, Jill Santos (Woodward) had 13 points and Donnese Payne (Golden West) hauled in 13 rebounds.
The game was played for the 10th time in honor of former MUSD teacher Maryann Wallace Pangburn, who “was a great success,” according to her father Bob Wallace.
“The fans saw some great basketball, the players had a wonderful time, and the ACORN league made some money to help with future student activities,” he said. “It was a win-win for everyone.”