Video: Highlights from 2017 McDonald's All American game
Watch sights, sounds and top plays from one of high school basketball's premier events.
In the opening minute, Collin Sexton
of Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.)
made a steal along the sideline and whipped a pass through his legs to Wendell Carter Jr.
of Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.)
for a slam dunk.
"I wanted to give the fans their money's worth," Sexton told the national television audience on ESPN.
And so the stylish, end-to-end action began at the 40th McDonald's All American Game at Chicago's United Center on Wednesday.
In a game that featured more than 30 dunks and many spectacular passes, it was a pair of defensive plays in the final five seconds that proved decisive as the West defeated the East 109-107.
Sexton went in for what looked to be a game-tying floater with 5.7 seconds left, but Brandon McCoy
, a 6-foot-11 center from Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.)
, knocked it away. It looked like it could have been goaltending.
In the final two seconds, Mohamed Bamba
of Westtown (Pa.)
and Carter each had contested chances in the paint for the East but both missed and the West survived, tying the series at 20 wins apiece.
"In a lot of all-star games guys just play around," said Michael Porter Jr.
, voted the game's MVP. He and Bamba scored 17 points to lead their respective teams. "This one wasn't easy. The last couple minutes were rough."
As far as playing in the game itself, Porter, who averaged over 35 points per game for the nation's No. 1 team Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.)
said: "I've been waiting around for this game my whole life. It was a dream come true."
Porter was 6-of-13 from the field and had four offensive rebounds. The West held a 63-46 edge on the boards, which explains why it won despite shooting just 37 percent from the floor (37 of 99). The East made 48 of 87 shots.
In addition to his big block, McCoy had 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three other blocks. Jaylen Hands
of Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.)
added 14 points and Troy Brown Jr.
of Centennial (Las Vegas)
For the East, Sexton, who won Monday's slam dunk contest, ran the show and had a game-high seven assists, many of the spectacular variety, to go along with eight points. Kevin Knox
of Tampa Catholic (Fla.)
contributed 15 points and Mitchell Robinson
of Chalmette (La.)
added 14 points.
The West has now won two in a row and five of the last six McDonald's All American Games.