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Middle School Basketball:
Eighth Grade All-Star Game Won By Team Black

Saturday, March 31, 2001

By Gregory White
SJSports Staff Writer

What a day! The 24th Annual 8th grade All-Star Game of South Jersey was played, and the future of high school basketball looks bright. The game brought players from all over South Jersey together to show the fans what they can expect at the next level.

It was my intention to talk about the game in this space, but there was one player there so dominate that it was scary. His name is Paul Gause from Pittsgrove Middle School. Paul didn't start but the moment he got into the game you could tell that business was about to pick up. Gause was all over the court, playing tenacious defense, scoring, rebounding and generally doing the things that make people say, "This guy can play."

Paul played 16 of the 40 minutes and finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals, and 3 assist. And the scariest thing about his perfomance was that he got stronger as the game went on. I had the opportunity to talk with Gause and he seemed as though he rally expected to play like he did. His poise for someone so young impressed me. He didn't do any of the show boating that tends to big part of the games of today's youth. I found that to be refreshing.

I don't want to give the impression that Paul was a one man team, granted he did his team's MVP award but he had help in the form of Myron Roll's 10 points and 9 rebounds and Brian Mcpherson's 13 points.

The White team was paced by William Barnes' 13 points and team MVP Erik Gren's 11 points. The final score was Black 109, White 76.

Photos by Art Redd

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