The 2nd annual Ballislife Bay vs LA game was this past weekend. We had the best players from LA go up against the best players from the Bay and it was a SHOW!!
2019 Bay vs. LA Recap
by Ronnie Flores
In the second annual Bay vs. LA Showcase Basketball Game presented by Ballislife, the Northern California-based Team Bay was extremely motivated to erase the memory of last year’s 122-116 loss to Southern California-based Team LA at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. Team Bay knew it couldn’t afford to get behind early as it did in 2018, especially with the game being played in SoCal at Cerritos College.
Team Bay started off well and held an early lead, but were hurt when 2020 shooting guard Keith Dinwiddie (Fairfax, Los Angeles) had 15 points in his five minute line shift late in the first quarter. Inside, Team Bay simply had no answer for 6-foot-11 2020 Makur Maker (Pacific Academy, Irvine, Calif.), who dominated the boards and finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in Team LA’s dominating 158-124 victory before approximately 1,000 fans.
Team Bay stayed close for the first half behind the play of 2021 point guard Isa Silva (Jesuit, Carmichael, Calif.) and trailed 72-59 at halftime despite Dinwiddie’s 15 points. In the first line shift of the second half, Maker took over with an array of long range bombs and drives to the basket as Team LA broke the game open. Team LA out-rebounded Team Bay, 72-25, a difference inflated by the low outside shooting percentage of the NorCal based club.
Dinwiddie finished with 25 points and three assists while 2021 guard K.J. Simpson (Chaminade, West Hills, Calif.) was impressive with 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Another 2021 standout, Peyton Watson (Poly, Long Beach, Calif.), had a nice outing for Team LA with 25 points and eight rebounds, while 2022 point guard Skyy Clark (Heritage Christian, Northridge, Calif.) put together a nice all-around effort with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Maker took him MVP honors for Team LA, while 2021 guard Frankie Collins (Compass Prep, Phoenix, Ariz.) was named MVP for Team Bay following his 27-point, four-rebound, two-assist, two-steal effort. The MVP jerseys were presented by 2018 Team LA MVP Evan Mobley, the nation’s No. 1 recruit who was unable to play this year as a precaution for a nagging back injury.
Silva finished with 16 points with post-grad shooting guard Chance McMillian (Golden State Prep, Napa, Calif.) also turning in a nice game for Team Bay with 18 points and two steals. UNLV commit Jhaylon Martinez (Dream City Christian, Glendale, Ariz.) had 15 points and five rebounds, while 2021 guard Jaden Phillips chipped in 12 points and two assists for the NorCal club.
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