An exciting finish and a large crowd were the ingredients for success in the inaugural South Bay All-Star Basketball Classic Friday night.
The game, which matched 24 of the area's top senior high school players, drew an estimated 900 fans to South Torrance High, where the Red team hung on for a 98-93 victory over the Blue.
Mira Costa center Chris Davis, who had nine points and rebounded well for the Red team, was named the game's most valuable player. Leuzinger forward Ty Merriweather led Red scorers with 17 points, followed by Gardena forward Robin Kirksey with 16 and St. Bernard forward Rick Famuyiwa with 13.
For the Blue, centers Wyking Jones of St. Bernard and Frank Willis of Leuzinger each had 17 points. Jones will attend Loyola Marymount next fall. Inglewood guard Jason Bowman added 13 points and North Torrance guard Sean Roberts had 12, including three three-point baskets.