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Southern Crescent well represented in all-star games

Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman and guard DeAntre Mack, who helped lead the Cardinals to the Class AAAA title will lead the South squad in Saturday’s GACA North-South Junior Classic in Savannah. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman and guard DeAntre Mack, who helped lead the Cardinals to the Class AAAA title will lead the South squad in Saturday’s GACA North-South Junior Classic in Savannah. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

GACA All-Star Basketball Showcase

When, where: Saturday, Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah

Schedule: Girl’s junior game, 11 a.m.; girl’s senior game, 1 p.m.; boy’s junior game, 3 p.m.; boy’s senior game, 5 p.m.

Admission: $5

Local talent: TaMarcus Blanton, Luella; Doral Moore, Luella; DeAntre Mack, Jonesboro; Michaelle Smith, Jonesboro; Lakiah Sims, Drew.

Five players and six coaches will participate in Saturday’s Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Showcase.

Among the players will be junior DeAntre Mack, who recently led Jonesboro to the Class AAAA championship. Mack will participate in the fourth annual Junior All-Star game for the South squad, which will be coached by Cardinals coach Dan Maehlman.

North Clayton coach Martisse Troup will serve as assistant head coach while Curt Miller of Ola will also be a part of the staff. Two weeks ago, Miller announced he was resigning as the Mustangs coach to spend more time with his family.

Maehlman lead the Cardinals to their first basketball title in school history, and only the second boy’s title in Clayton County history.

This past season, Mack averaged 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists as the only returning Jonesboro player with significant playing time from a year ago. The South junior squad also will include Doral Moore of Luella.

This past season, the 7-foot junior helped lead the Lions to their first region championship and a quarterfinals state playoff appearance. He averaged 10.1 point, 9.3 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots per game in being named first-team All-Region 2-AAAAAA.

Moore’s teammate TeMarcus Blanton will play in the Senior All-Star game. The 6-foot-4 South Carolina signee averaged 20.2 points, 3.1 assists and 7.8 rebounds en route to being named the region player of the year.

The South senior squad will include Tift County teammates Demarcus Bryant and LaDarius Stewart, who led the Blue Devils to the Class AAAAAA title. It was the first title that a non-metro Atlanta area team won the state title in the state’s highest classification in 15 seasons.

Drew senior Lakiah Sims will play for the Senior squad squad in the girl’s all-star game, which will be coached by Forest Park coach Steven Cole. He will be assisted by Jimmy Macon from his staff and Jonesboro coach Lamar Harris.

Michaelle Smith of Jonesboro will play on the South junior squad. Smith was named the Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 points and 15.5 rebounds for the Cardinals.