Jones, Chambers represent Carter County in FCA TN-VA All-Star game
Published 9:53 pm Thursday, March 24, 2016
They didn’t quite spell his name right on the FCA commemorative T-shirt, but there is no doubt that everyone knew Coby Jones name after the FCA Tennessee vs. Virginia All-Star game on Thursday night at Gate City High School.
The Hampton senior scored 26 points to lead all-scorers and earn the Tennessee MVP award on the way to a 105-98 win.
“I am real thankful and blessed that I got this award,” Jones said after the contest. “There wasn’t a lot of pressure out there, it was just fun to go out there against some amazing talent and just go out there and have fun.”
Also on the team was Unaka’s Colton Chambers, who didn’t quite have the
performance he wanted, only finishing with six points, but plenty of rebounds some nice blocks and the fact that have was able to dawn the maroon of Unaka against was plenty enough to put a smile on his face after the game.
“It’s something that I will never forget, getting to put that jersey on one more time,” he said. “Getting to go back to war. In this area we have some of the best players around and we got to prove that and have a little bit of funtonight.”
Tennessee High’s Garrett Crandell finished with 23 points while his Tennessee High teammate Adonis Wheeler finished with 16. Providence’s Caleb Backus also finished with 16 on the night, which rounded out the double-digit scorers.
The Virginia team was led by Thomas Walker’s Hunter Cope, who besides winning the dunk contest after jumping over his grandmother, scored 19 points in the loss.
The Tennessee All-Stars got off to a quick start behind the hot hand of Jones who scored his 14 first half points in the just 12 minutes into the contest.
However, the Tennessee team wouldn’t jump to their biggest lead until 3:33 left in the contest when they took a 42-28 lead over the Virginia All-Stars. The lead wouldn’t last long though for the Tenn. team as the Virginia All-Stars closed the half on a 12-4 run. A steal by Nick Qualls with just under 10 seconds on the clock gave the Virginia All-Stars the 47-46 halftime lead
The Virginia All-Stars would start slowly, getting down 57-52 after a Jones lay-up early in the second half, but they would storm back going on a 12-0 run to take their largest lead of the second half a 64-57.
But, like most all star games, the defense started to lack and on Jones’ 22-point of the contest he gave Tennessee a 75-74 lead with under nine minute left in the contest.