Black College All-Star Game bounces back into town

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Black College All-Star Game bounces back into town

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27 Apr 2004, 02:29 #1

Black College All-Star Game bounces back into town
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04/25/04
Sarah Hollander
Plain Dealer Reporter
A mortarboard and a basketball share the logo for this week's Black College All-Star Game.
The game - with its celebrity players, coaches and entertainers - anchors the seven-day affair. But education, economic development and diversity are the real motivations.
"This is much more than a basketball game," organizer John Pace Jr. said.
Pace, president of World-Class Events Management, brought the Ohio Classic football game to Cleveland last year. He's also the founder of the Community Quarterback Foundation, a nonprofit charity that provides leadership and educational opportunities for minority youths.
The football game generated a half-million dollars for higher education.
Pace expects the basketball game and associated events to attract about 22,000 people and generate $12.5 million for the local economy through hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
The week's events should garner about $250,000 for historically black colleges and universities and scholarships.
"Sports and entertainment have long been able to break down social, economic and racial barriers," Pace said. "They can also bring in millions and millions of dollars."
Fund raising through the football game, and now the basketball game, has a huge impact on the city's students, Cleveland Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett said at a recent news conference.
About 74 percent of Cleveland's public high school graduates went on to two- or four-year colleges last year.
In addition to offering popular entertainment, the week's youth events include a college and summer job fair, a health fair and a roundtable discussion for 80 young people targeted as potential leaders.
"Before you can sell anything to anyone, you first need to get their attention," Pace said. "Once we have their attention, we're all about education, education, education."
The community commitment will outlast the game, he said.
Pace is working to identify leaders in Greater Cleveland to start a local End Zone Club branch. Pace and his wife started the college-preparatory program in 1999, and more than 400 students in Dayton, Middletown, Cincinnati and Louisville already participate.
Pace also plans to launch an after-school program in East Cleveland this summer called Hip Hop Meets Mainstream.
He's looking for volunteers to teach communication, leadership and social skills to at-risk 12- to 16-year-olds. They would also work to build self-esteem and find role models, Pace said.
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04 May 2004, 04:18 #2

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05/02/04
Elton Alexander
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Too much balance by the West offset a sterling offensive performance from Desmond Peoples for the East Saturday night in the first Black College All-Star Game in Cleveland. A crowd of 13,973 watched the feature game of the night, the end of a four-game festival that included two high school games, and a celebrity game.
The West won, 103-95, as seven players scored in double figures with none getting more than 15. That was just about half of what the high-flying Peoples delivered. The 6-8 product of St. Augustine College finished with 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting with 12 rebounds, six on the offensive boards.
"I had never seen him play," said East coach Lafayette Stribling from Mississippi Valley State. But Peoples said he did not arrive in Cleveland under the radar.

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"The players knew," he said. "I had played against a lot of these guys last weekend in Atlanta."
In the opening half, the West used its balanced attack to counter the inside work of Peoples and 6-9 Anthony Greenup from Shaw University. Both used their size to stick back offensive rebounds from missed jumpers, or to throw down alley-oops.
The West was aided by the East not starting celebrated guard Terrance Woods, one of the leading scorers in the nation out of Florida A&M University. When Woods did hit the court, he found it hard to get in rhythm. He scored just four points in the opening half.
But Grambling forward Paul Haynes and Benedict forward Eugene Jackson were a combined 10-of-16 shooting in the opening half for the West and more importantly the West had just seven turnovers to help build its slim halftime advantage.
In the second half, the West was content to spread the wealth with Haynes finishing as its leading scorer with 15 points, and solid 46.9 percent shooting for the game. The East struggled offensively, shooting 38.8 percent for the game, as Woods finished with just 10 points.
In the preliminary games early in the day, the Suburban Girls High School team defeated the Cleveland Public School team, 58-53. It was a balanced scoring effort for the Suburban Girls as Shaker Heights forward Aisha Farley scored 13 points, My'Kea Cohill from Warrensville had 12 with three other players scoring seven points each. The Public School girls team was led by Britney Walker from East Tech with 18 points.
The tables were turned in the boys game as the Public School team recovered from deficits of 47-44 at the half and 73-69 after three quarters to pull out a 98-82 victory. Rhodes product 6-4 Joe Roberts delivered 15 of his 26 points in the second half to go with 12 boards. He was backed up by 6-8 George Tandy IV from Lincoln West High with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Shaw's Raynard Sawyer paced four players in double figures with 17 followed by Darren Jones from Cleveland Heights with 13, Sam Jackson from Benedictine with 12 and Derrick Thornton from Lutheran East with 10.
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