Montgomery Catholic wing Matthew Reardon, who helped propel the Knights to a runner-up position in Class 3A competition this past season, played for just over five minutes in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week boys basketball game, which the North won by a score of 93-85.
Reardon spent most of the first half on the bench, entering late in the second quarter and quickly recording a block. He also missed both field goals he attempted in Tuesday's game at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl.
When asked about his own expectations before the game compared to the end results, Reardon was hard on himself and knew that he just experienced an off-game.
“I know that I could have done better than what I did,” Reardon said. “But to me, expectations are a bad thing.”
Despite not meeting his own goals, Reardon still enjoyed playing with the all-stars and being a part of the game.
“It was fun,” he said. “I’m privileged to be out there with all these guys and to be playing with them.”
Playing with new teammates for a full-length game was also a challenge, with little time to prepare and get any team rhythm going.
“It was different,” Reardon said. “We don’t have the chemistry that we have with our normal teams. Kind of a one-day thing, just get out and play some basketball.”
The game was close the whole way, with eight lead changes and eight ties throughout the contest. The North held an early 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, then held their largest lead of the game midway through the second quarter.
The South closed to within six points by halftime to make it 44-38.
The South gained a one-point lead, 53-52, about three minutes into the third quarter, and both teams would end the quarter in a 64-point tie.
With two minutes left in the game, the North was clinging to an 81-80 lead but eight unanswered points by the North sealed the game as the South could get no closer than three points the rest of the game.
Bryson Dawkins was the South most valuable player after hitting 14 of 22 shots and finishing with 30 points. Anthony Johnson earned MVP honors for the North after hitting 12 of 16 shots and finishing with 27 points.