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East sweeps West basketball in Boys and Girls All-Star Games

  • Sam Sharpe of Smith Voke, center, splits Andy Gifford of Granby, left, and Jake Earl of Franklin Tech during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS

    Sam Sharpe of Smith Voke, center, splits Andy Gifford of Granby, left, and Jake Earl of Franklin Tech during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional drives to the basket during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional drives to the basket during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Kelly Avard of Easthampton, left, and Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Kelly Avard of Easthampton, left, and Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, front, drives to the basket beside Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS

    Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, front, drives to the basket beside Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jordan Rowe of Frontier Regional, front, moves the ball against Jill Valley of Mahar during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Jordan Rowe of Frontier Regional, front, moves the ball against Jill Valley of Mahar during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Olivia Mathieu of Hopkins Academy, right, moves the ball against Elizabeth Whitney of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Olivia Mathieu of Hopkins Academy, right, moves the ball against Elizabeth Whitney of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Chris Starcun of Easthampton, left, and Josef Whitman of Mahar reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy. looking on is Tyler Miller of Greenfield.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Chris Starcun of Easthampton, left, and Josef Whitman of Mahar reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy. looking on is Tyler Miller of Greenfield.
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  • Peter Watroba of Frontier Regional, right, shoots against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Peter Watroba of Frontier Regional, right, shoots against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Justin Burgos of Northampton, left, drives against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Justin Burgos of Northampton, left, drives against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Noris Cuevas-Nova of Amherst, left, shoots against Chris Starcun of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Noris Cuevas-Nova of Amherst, left, shoots against Chris Starcun of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.
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  • Sam Sharpe of Smith Voke, center, splits Andy Gifford of Granby, left, and Jake Earl of Franklin Tech during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sarah Kober of Hampshire Regional drives to the basket during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Kelly Avard of Easthampton, left, and Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown, front, drives to the basket beside Kaitlin Mastello of Gateway Regional during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Jordan Rowe of Frontier Regional, front, moves the ball against Jill Valley of Mahar during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Olivia Mathieu of Hopkins Academy, right, moves the ball against Elizabeth Whitney of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Chris Starcun of Easthampton, left, and Josef Whitman of Mahar reach for a rebound during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy. looking on is Tyler Miller of Greenfield.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Peter Watroba of Frontier Regional, right, shoots against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Justin Burgos of Northampton, left, drives against Zach Parsons of Belchertown during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Noris Cuevas-Nova of Amherst, left, shoots against Chris Starcun of Easthampton during the 16th annual all-star game Friday at Hopkins Academy.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

HADLEY — Local high school basketball stars were out to showcase their talents on Friday as the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 28 hosted its 16th annual Hampshire-Franklin County Boys and Girls All-Star Games at Hopkins Academy.

The East won both games, as the girls team opened the evening with a 53-48 victory over the West, while the East boys cruised to a 121-82 win in the nightcap.

Noris Cuevas-Nova (27 points for West) of Amherst Regional and Justin Burgos (17 points for East) of Northampton each took home Most Outstanding Player awards in the boys matchup, while Easthampton’s Elizabeth Whitney (14 points) grabbed the honor for the West girls team.

In a game highlighted by slick passing, up-tempo offense and plentiful 3-point shots, it was Cuevas-Nova and Burgos who stole the show for the boys. The seniors, whose on-court rivalry has played out many times through the Hurricanes-Blue Devils rivalry over the years, was on full display for a packed crowd.

“Those two guys are part of a pretty intense rivalry against each other,” said Northampton coach Rey Harp, who served as one of the coaches for the West. “They’ve been competing two or three times a year for their whole careers. They respect each other, they also work hard to try and outshine each other.”

The duo went back and forth throughout the game, but one stretch stood out. Cuevas-Nova stole a West inbounds pass and proceeded to make a long 3-pointer over Burgos.

Not to be outdone, Burgos came back with his own lengthy 3-point shot before dramatically swatting a Cuevas-Nova layup attempt out of bounds back on the other end. The Hurricane responded with yet another 3-pointer over Burgos.

After the sequence, the rivals met up with smiles and a friendly hug at mid-court in front of wowed fans.

“That was the highlight of the evening, seeing the two of them go at each other,” Harp said. “It looked like they could’ve done that all game if they wanted to.”

Added Cuevas-Nova, “I like playing against Justin, (because it’s) a rivalry, Northampton against Amherst.”

For Burgos and his West teammates, the exhibition presented an opportunity to let loose and have fun while meeting new faces.

“I think it was great seeing other players from different divisions and different leagues” Burgos said. “It’s definitely surprising going out there ... you just gotta bring your game. At times it kind of feels like a pickup game. Once you get hot you start pulling out some stuff you only do when you’re practicing.”

For the East, Andy Gifford of Granby had 14 points, while Zach Parsons of Belchertown added 11.

For the West, Jordan Castillo (14) and Sam Sharpe (11) of Smith Vocational, Chris Starcun (11) of Easthampton, and Peter Watroba (10) of Frontier Regional all reached double figures.

It was Whitney and Sarah Kober (12) of Hampshire Regional leading the way for the West girls.

“It’s awesome,” Whitney said. “I’m playing against so many girls that I’ve played a million times with, so it’s really nice. It’s nice to show off against the best players.”

East’s Olivia Mathieu, the lone Hopkins Academy representative in either game, said getting to play her final high school game in her home gym made the night even more special.

“I definitely loved that the game was at home,” she said. “It was nice to have our pep band here and our cheerleaders and just the regular atmosphere. It was awesome playing with such talented players in the area (and) actually getting the opportunity to play with them instead of against them.”

Gateway’s Brooke Fairman added seven points for the West, while Marissa Kopacz of Belchertown added five points for the East.

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