Tarrant County falls to Dallas in All-Star boys basketball game, but takes 3-point title

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The 2013 edition of the Dallas ISD vs. Tarrant County All-Star Basketball Game didn’t go the way of the ballers from the west side of the Metroplex, falling to the Dallas All-Stars 95-83.

The crowd, however, that was gathered at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse in South Dallas was treated to the true essence of any All-Star game, outstanding individual performances by standout talent.

From the opening tip, Fort Worth Arlington Heights’ Damontre McFarland dominated the post and threw down the most fireworks in Wednesday’s showcase.

Four of his team-high 15 points were two monster dunks that highlighted the best plays of the game.

Early in the first half, the graduating senior charged across the baseline and threw down a quick lob from Fort Worth Wyatt’s Kendrick Salone for the alley-oop score.

His best play, and also his favorite of the night, kept his squad in the game late in the second half, throwing down a rim-shaking transition dunk off a pass from North Crowley’s Jalan McCloud.

“It felt good to know that everything I’ve done through the season — this is what I’m awarded with,” McFarland said. “To be in this game with all these players and to put us together — we fought hard and that’s all you can say.”

Richland’s Leyton Hammonds began the game hot from behind the arc, drilling two 3-pointers in the opening minutes. He finished right behind McFarland with 14 points, followed by Trophy Club Nelson’s Keyunta Watkins with 12.

Tarrant County did not leave without a victory, however. Dion Malone hit 10 3-pointers in the final round of the halftime 3-point contest to take the trophy.

“It was good because I didn’t want to come home empty-handed,” Malone said.

For Tarrant County coach Jeff Plemons of Arlington Martin, it was all about letting these seniors have one last encore at the high school level.

“In an All-Star situation, you’re not going to put a system in for them to run. You want to let them play and use the strengths that they have,” Plemons said. “You just sell them that this is the last time they are going to get to play together and that they are representing Tarrant County.”

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