The West team defeated the East team Wednesday evening in the 37th annual McDonald's All American game, 105-102, at the United Center in Chicago. The West rallied behind Duke signee Jahil Okafor, who won the game MVP, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds.
In typical all star game fashion, there wasn't much defense and a lot of the players were more worried about getting a top ten dunk on Sports Center than playing organized, team basketball.
Maryland commit Melo Trimble checked into the game with just under 15:00 left in the 1st half and immediately tried to help the East team score, but twice the player he passed to couldn't convert an open look. Trimble missed his first three shot attempts, all three-pointers, before finally getting on the board after being fouled while driving to the basket. He made both free throws, which ended up being his only points scored, as his East squad entered halftime with a one point lead, 51-50.
Trimble played mostly at the point for the East team but also played some off the ball towards the end of the first half. While he struggled a little bit shooting, he displayed a great ability to drive to the hoop, utilizing a quick first step and crossover move that multiple times left his defender in the dust. He clearly showed he belonged out on the court with the nation's best.
Trimble again came off the bench in the 2nd half and checked into the game for the East team following the first media timeout, back running the offense for the East. Trimble again moved back to the two guard spot and was frequently getting open on the wing, but his teammates were either unable to find him or chose to drive to the basket and attempt their own shot. While not apparent in the stat sheet, Trimble showed why Maryland fans should be excited about him being in a Maryland uniform next season, as he frequently displayed his ability to play at either guard position.
The scoring for both teams was high paced and constantly went back and forth throughout the game. The second half was filled with several highlight reel dunks as both teams battled until the final minute.
With just under a minute remaining, the East squad secured a key rebound, down by one. Tyus Jones (Duke) was able to get to the rim and score to give his team a one point lead. But Jahil Okafor quickly threw down a one handed dunk to give the lead back to the West. After a turnover by the East, the West hit a pair of free throws that gave them a three point lead that ended up being the last points scored in the game.