MODESTO All-star basketball games are known for two things: Big names and little defense.
While the defensive effort may be sparse Friday night at the 18th annual 6 County Senior All-Star Basketball Game at Gregori High School, you're probably not going to see that one special player who's destined for college stardom à la Modesto Christian's Chuck Hayes in 2001, who went on to star at the University of Kentucky and still plays in the NBA.
"Sometimes you have games with real big names," said game director Bobby Cole. "There are not a lot of big names this year, but we have a lot of quality. And that should make for a real good game."
Turlock Christian's Halie Bergman, The Bee's 2013 Girl Player of the Year, and Modesto Christian's Raymond Bowles, the 2012 and 2013 Player of the Year on the boys side, both are scheduled to play. Both, by the way, have signed letters of intent with the University of the Pacific.
Other than those two, you might not have heard of many others on the roster.
But let's get back to the lack of defense. Isn't that what you really want in an all-star game?
No defense means points. Lots and lots of points. Not to mention fast breaks, no-look passes, dunk shots, and three-pointers.
"We're just going to play off their talent," said Ripon Christian's Ed Mulder, coach of the girls Red team. "They seem to be enjoying it."
"We're just going to let them play," said Gregori's Jeff Salyer, who is co-coach of the girls' Blue team along with Hughson's Mark Perry. "We're going to put in one, simple little play and let them run it all night."
"It's a great environment and a great opportunity for these (players) to see what they can do," added Perry.
Fans will get the chance to see what players can do from long distance and up in the air. A 3-point shootout will be held at halftime of the girls game and a slam-dunk contest will take place before the boys' contest.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12 (free for kids not yet in school). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the girls game is slated to tip at 6. The boys game gets started at 8. A concession stand will be open.