SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Not that Luke Eddy needed another honor, he added one more to his personal highlight reel at the North-South All-Star Basketball Classic Friday night.
Eddy, the former George Washington guard, who counted a state championship, Class AAA first-team all-state status and this year's Evans Award runner-up among his accolades, earned MVP honors with a game-high 24 points in a 92-81 South win at the South Charleston Community Center.
"I did what I always did, I go and play my hardest, I make my shots, and I win," Eddy said. "That's what I like the most, I won."
The North Bears led 41-39 at halftime though Eddy and his South Cardinals teammates employed an 11-0 run to begin the second half. From that point, the South squad never trailed.
Eddy, who will continue his basketball career at Elon University, provided the bulk of the production during the South's second-half comeback with 12 points in the first five minutes out of halftime.
"We kept them off the boards and it really looked like they got tired," Eddy said. "I wasn't even making a move and I was going right around them, so it was easy."
North assistant coach Rick Greene, Eddy's coach at GW, said he was pleased to see Eddy excel but it was bittersweet knowing the graduated senior is no longer with the Patriots program.
"It felt good to watch him shine, but it felt terrible knowing I don't have him anymore," he said. "It's just been a real privilege to coach him for four years. He's just an outstanding young man and what everyone saw tonight is what we've had in the privilege of watching him practice for four years. I was really happy for him to go out that way."
Eddy said he won't have long to bask in the success of his final high school contest. He leaves for Elon today.
"I leave for college (Saturday) morning, summer school," he said. "It feels good to go out with a win. It's great to spend it with a group of guys I never really met before. They're all good kids and I enjoyed it a lot. I want to thank them for putting me in this game. I really liked it."
While strategy and defense rarely figure as factors in an all-star type game, Greene said that's exactly what created separation for the South team in the second half
"The difference was we made an extra pass and we rotated back, and they didn't get any breakouts on defense," he said. "Those were the two main things."
Some words from South Coach Chuck Elkins, of Buffalo, also went a long way.