AVON LAKE — Taevon Pierre-Louis always wanted to play point guard.
The 6-foot-6 Lorain post player had his chance at the annual Gene Legeza Classic Senior All-Star Game on Sunday night at Avon Lake High School.
The game is named in honor of the late, longtime Chronicle-Telegram writer who did so much for the All-Star game in its early years. Legeza passed away in 1992.
Pierre-Louis led all scorers with 33 points in putting the wraps on another outstanding high school basketball season. Red, Pierre-Louis’ team, however, lost to Blue 120-112, in front of a big crowd.
“It’s something I’ve worked on all year long,” said
Pierre-Louis with a huge smile. “Working on my outside game and in-and-out. Going to the next level (college), I’ll be a guard. That’s something I’ve always worked on. One of my goals is to be a guard.”
Blue, led by Pierre-Louis’ Lorain teammate and newly crowned Mr. Basketball — Devon Grant — along with Elyria Catholic’s Jared Logan, combined for 50 points.
“It was great,” said Logan. “It’s kind of the last high school game and experience I’m going to have. It was just a fun thing to do one last time in front of a lot of people in the community. It was fun to wear the high school uniform and get out here and represent Elyria Catholic for the last time.”
Blue built a 64-56 halftime lead but had to stave off Red’s last half challenge that saw the game tied several times late.
Logan and Pierre-Louis were named MVPs of their respective teams.
Grant, with six 3-pointers, led the scoring with 26 with Logan right behind at 24. Logan scored 14 of his points in the first half with Grant getting 13 in each half. North Ridgeville’s Jeremy Sanchez (14), Clearview’s Jaylen Paschel (12) and Open Door’s Jared Bublinec (11) joined in the fun for the winning side. Elyria’s Caleb Rogers and Vermilion’s Jonah Pfeil each finished with 10 points.
“Every time me and Grant step on the floor, we always compete,” said Pierre-Louis of his regular-season teammate. “It just makes us both get better.”
Clearview’s Javon Todd and Elyria’s Will Waddell sparked the second-half rally. Todd finished with 17 points and Waddell 15. Open Door’s Division IV All-Ohio guard Trey Brooks had 14 and Vermilion’s Mason Montgomery 13.
A pair of former Lorain County coaches were inducted into the Lorain County Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame at halftime. Avon’s Jim Baker, who had 117 victories in 13 years and Steve Lias, the former coach at Elyria Catholic and Firelands, were the latest to be inducted.
Blue 120, Red 112
BLUE (120): Jaylen Paschel 5-0-12, Jarred Logan 11-0-24, Caleb Rogers 4-0-10, Jonah Pfeil 4-0-10, Devon Grant 9-2-26, Jeremy Sanchez 7-0-14, Kevin Mealwitz 1-0-2, Jared Bublinec 5-0-11, Miles Hunt 2-0-5, Jacob Cole 2-1-6. Totals 50-3-120.
RED (112): Jake Parker 2-0-4, Dean Emerine 0-0-0, Javon Todd 7-0-17, Adam Ross 2-0-4, Will Waddell 7-1-15, Taevon Pierre-Louis 15-0-33, Isiah Johnson 4-0-8, Trey Brooks 6-0-14, Mason Montgomery 6-0-13, Ryan Whitaker 2-0-4. Totals 51-1-112.
Blue 64 56 — 120
Red 56 56 — 112
Three-point goals: Blue 16 (Grant 6, Paschel 2, Logan 2, Rogers 2, Pfeil 2, Bublinec, Hunt). Red 10 (Todd 3, Pierre-Louis 3, Brooks 2, Montgomery).