Good showing for Koang in NE all star game...

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Little Eddie

The All-MVC Level
Encouraging to see that Koang played well against some good competition...

NCA Boys Basketball All-Star Game: Futch, Doluony lead Reds' rally 97 to 93

? Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Basketball boys - July 2008

LINCOLN ? When Wes Eikmeier couldn't play Monday night because of illness, James Futch and Koang Doluony rescued their team in the Nebraska Coaches Association boys basketball all-star game.

Futch started the fourth quarter with three 3-pointers and Doluony had the game's only double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Reds' 97-93 victory before an estimated 2,500 in the statewide televised game at Lincoln North Star.

"We knew it was going to be a long run up the hill without (Wes). He got sick all of a sudden, and we didn't know what happened," Futch said. "He was on the bench with us for a while, and him being on the bench helped us. If he hadn't, I don't know if we would have been the same."

Without the Iowa State recruit from Fremont Bergan, the Reds lost one of their two All-Nebraska players ? Creighton recruit Antoine Young had 21 points on Monday night ? in the anticipated matchup with All-Nebraskans Josh Jones of Omaha Central (Creighton) and Jesse Carr of Ainsworth (Ainsworth) for the Blue team.

"Futch and Koang are very athletic people you don't think of," Young said. "Futch is a great ballhandler and he makes great decisions, as you saw as well in the state tournament. And Koang is a very good big man. His athleticism, I think, has gotten better from high school until now, and he's going to be a big contributor (at Indiana State)."

Jesse Carr, No. 32, slices through the defese of the red team of Mike Fox, No. 43, and Nick Schleich, No. 13.The Reds trailed by 17 early in the third quarter before going on a 21-2 run capped by a basket by Mike Fox of Beatrice for a 63-61 lead, their first since the first quarter. Doluony's 3-pointer with 5:47 left in the game put the Reds ahead for good.

"There was just an insane change of momentum," Futch said. "All week long, Koang said he wanted a big game, and tonight he came out and proved it."

Andrew Palmer of Waverly set the game's only record by making six 3s for the Blues. His final one, which cut the Reds' lead to 95-93 in the final six seconds, came from 28 feet. He finished with 18 points.

Carr led all scorers with 24 points. Jones had 13 and World-Herald athlete of the year John Levorson of Crete, a Nebraska football recruit, had 10 for the Blues.

Blues.........................29 25 12 31?-97
Reds.........................25 15 26 27?-93
? Blues: Josh Riser (Lincoln High) 2-6 0-0 4, Kyle Obermeier (North Platte) 0-2 0-0 0, Sy Hueser (Papillion-LV South) 1-5 0-0 3, Andrew Palmer (Waverly) 6-10 0-0 18, Josh Jones (Omaha Central) 5-14 2-3 13, Jesse Carr (Ainsworth) 8-18 4-4 24, Kendal Bender (Humphrey SF) 2-3 0-0 4, John Levorson (Crete) 4-6 1-2 10, Mitch Liberty (Falls City) 2-7 0-0 4, Garth Hamilton (Lincoln East) 0-6 0-2 0, Josh Lynch (Elkhorn) 4-7 1-2 9, Jake Reinders (Omaha Skutt) 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 36-88 8-13 93.
? Reds: Nick Schleich (Lincoln SE) 3-6 0-0 6, James Futch (Bellevue East) 3-4 4-4 13, Jeremy Wallace (Omaha Bryan) 2-3 2-2 7, Antoine Young (Bellevue West) 6-19 8-10 21, Shavontae Samuels (St. Edward) 1-9 2-4 4, Jory Crouch (Grand Island) 1-4 0-0 2, Jens Scholl (Deshler) 1-3 0-0 3, Mike Fox (Beatrice) 4-4 0-2 8, Zach Rosenboom (Oakland-Craig) 2-6 0-0 4, Porter Birtell (Norfolk Lutheran) 3-4 1-2 7, Koang Doluony (Omaha Bryan) 7-12 5-5 21. Totals 33-74 22-29 97.
? 3-point goals: B 13-41 (Riser 0-4, Obermeier 0-2, Hueser 1-5, Palmer 6-10, Jones 1-6, Carr 4-11, Bender 0-1, Levorson 1-1, Hamilton 0-1), R 9-24 (Schleich 1-3, Futch 3-4, Wallace 1-2, Young 1-5, Samuels 0-2, Crouch 0-2, Scholl 1-2, Doluony 2-4). Total fouls: B 17, R 14. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Turnovers: B 13, R 17. Rebounds: B 48 (Liberty 8), R 48 (Doluony 10). Field-goal percentage: B .409, R .446. Free-throw percentage: B .615, R .759. Officials: Terry Graver, Omaha; Todd Kramer, Albion; Troy Test, Norfolk.


The Nicks Level
LE, is Koang going to be a project for us, or will he be a contributor? This game seems like he can bring it, but we here in Indiana don't know the quality of competition. Any insight from a guy who is much closer to the situation than the rest of us???



Little Eddie

The All-MVC Level
The caliber of the Nebraska all star game is likely lower than Indy but there were other Div I players playing in the game against his team...just not at his position. Hard to say in that regard...

The one time I saw him last year he showed signs of being a very fluid big man...handled the ball really well for his height and had a smooth looking shot from beyond the arc. He seems to have a good work ethic which is a good thing as well...really good person from what I hear as well (off the court.)
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