West Team Defeats East Team in McDonald’s All American Game; Michael Porter Jr. Named MVP

Michael Porter Jr. MVP Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO – Led by MVP Michael Porter Jr., the West Boys Team defeated the East Boys Team by a score of 109-107 in the McDonald’s All-American Game Wednesday. Porter, who recently announced his commitment to the University of Missouri, led the West team with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 steal on 5-8 shooting, playing 21 minutes.

“This is a dream come true,” Porter told reporters after the game. “I just wanted to go out there and have fun but this game was competitive. I know a lot of all-star games, people just go run up and down and dunk but we were playing hard. So, it was great.”

As Porter was announced as the game’s most valuable player, you could hear M-I-Z-Z-O-U chants from the crowd, following Porter’s recent commitment to the Tigers. “I didn’t know that there were so many Mizzou fans and for them to support me the way they did, it feels amazing,” said Porter. “I can’t wait to go home.”

The West team had a very balanced effort all around with six players scoring in double figures, most notably, Brandon McCoy who finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals, while also making two crucial defensive stops down the stretch for the west team. “There was a lot of defense but I feel like we came out with a chip on our shoulder,” said McCoy. “I didn’t necessarily go in the game for defense. I just wanted to play the game the right way.”

Although he was on the losing side, Mohamed Bamba was a standout player for the East Team, leading scorers with 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks in 21 minutes of play. “I think I played well,” said Bamba. “There were some spots that needed tweaking and some things that I could’ve done differently but I think I played pretty well.”

Despite being an all-star game, players credited the scrimmages earlier in the week for the the high intensity of the game. “We all know each other on a personal relationship, so we were all talking mess, especially after we lost the scrimmage,” said Oregon commit Troy Brown Jr.. “We had a chip on our shoulder to come in and win. To get the win after we saw everyone celebrating just shows the passion we all have for the game.”  Brown finished the game with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals, on 5-9 shooting.

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