Metro-east stars Malcolm Hill and Garret Covington both played major roles in the South's 152-142 victory over the North on Saturday at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A-4A All-Star Game in Bloomington.
Hill, a University of Illinois recruit, fired in 23 points and also had eight rebounds. The 6-foot-5-inch Covington, headed to Western Illinois, earned South MVP honors after sinking four 3-pointers to go along with his 18 points and 10 rebounds.
It also was a banner night for metro-east players in the 1A-2A All-Star Game as Madison High star and Southwestern Illinois College recruit Marquis Borney scored 24 points and Roxana High grad and SWIC recruit Hunter Reine had 17.
Reine was named the South MVP as the North beat the South 111-101.
"There were a lot of great players I played with today," Covington told the Bloomington Pantagraph. "I kept moving without the ball and they found me and I knocked it down. In All-Star games, they never talk about defense, but in the second half, we picked up the defense."
Edwardsville High grad Tre' Harris added 15 points for the South and Belleville West grad and Lindenwood-St. Charles recruit Nick Van Osdale had 14.
Van Osdale also earned an additional honor when he won one of two Leadership Awards.
The North team MVP was Illinois recruit Jaylon Tate from Chicago Simeon. He had 20 points and three 3-pointers while fellow Simeon star and Illini recruit Kendrick Nunn had 19 points.