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Kiski Area's Antone marks end of basketball career

| Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:42 p.m.

Kiski Area's Maddie Antone knew Saturday's Roundball Classic was going to be her final basketball game before she concentrates solely on softball.

The Winthrop University recruit made the most of her opportunity in the second half with a blocked shot, a rebound and a lengthy drive to the hoop for a basket. She followed that with two free throws on the following possession for the Class AAAA all-stars.

“On the bench, I was talking to a couple of my teammates who asked me how it felt playing my last game of basketball,” Antone said. “I told them it hurts a little, but I going to move on and do my best in softball.”

Antone scored four points for the Class AAAA team as the Class AAA squad won, 57-51, in what was a low-scoring contest for an all-star game — one of four played Saturday at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse.

For one last time toward the end of the East Girls' victory over the West, Deer Lakes seniors Becca Babincak and Nichole Kearns were on the floor together. Each half was divided into five, four-minute shifts for players.

“It's always fun to be out there with Nichole; we've been playing together since the third grade,” Babincak said. “It was a fun experience.”

Kearns, who was a late addition to the East, responded by nailing a 3-pointer moments after taking the floor with Babincak. Kearns will continue her basketball career at St. Vincent College.

Late in the first half, a preview of what the future could like for Point Park materialized when Babincak fired a pinpoint pass to Bishop Canevin's Carly Forse, who was gliding across the key. Forse's layup beat the buzzer.

“It definitely is something to look forward to,” Babincak said. “All-Star games are always fun.”

Babincak scored five in the East's 86-76 victory.

The Class AA/A all-star game was not only a shootout during the game, but two local players had their own shootout at halftime.

The Class A stars whipped the Class AA team, 141-94.

At halftime, John Arcuri of St. Joseph and Tim Jaczesko of Deer Lakes tied for the lead in the 3-point shooting contest at halftime with 10 each. A shoot-off ensued, and the two tied again with nine long-range baskets.

Arcuri won it in a one-shot, winner-take-all.

“Timmy's my buddy; it was cool going against him,” said Arcuri, who is headed for Westminster College.

Arcuri also led the Class A team with 18 points, tied with West Middlesex's Matt Dogan.

“It's weird playing with a bunch of superstars; everybody's just a freak of nature,” Arcuri added.

The final game was stopped with a minute left when Seneca Valley's Easton Bazzoli smashed the backboard with a dunk attempt.

“I always wanted to see what it would like to break the glass but I didn't see it happening, especially with the breakaway,” Bazzoli said.

Kittanning's Sterling Henry (flu) dressed but didn't play. The Class AAAA team won, 132-113.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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