The first 30 minutes of Thursday’s game between the St. Catharine College Patriots and the Big Blue All-Stars was legitimate basketball. The last 10 could be labeled as Globetrotter ball. But all 40 minutes was pure entertainment for the packed house at Marion County High School.
For the record, the Big Blue All-Stars, a team made up of current NBA players and recent draft picks from Kentucky, Butler and Morehead, beat J.T. Burton’s Patriots 126-116. But no matter which team the crowd favored, they all went away happy after watching some high flying dunks, no-look passes and some late game antics.
“It was really fun,” said Burton. “After everyone realized it was just an exhibition and not really about who won, we all had a good time. It is something these players will remember the rest of their lives.”
Former Kentucky star, and current Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, led all scorers with 38 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds. Kenneth Faried, drafted in the first round out of Morehead by the Denver Nuggets, had 22 points that included an assortment of slam-dunks that ignited the crowd.
DeShawn Mitchell paced the Patriots with 25 points. Brandon Johnson and Kashiff Carr each had 19 while Stefan Pope and Fateen Belfield had 12 apiece.
The Big Blue All-Stars wrap up their state tour of games Sunday in Owensboro against Kentucky Wesleyan and Monday at Rupp arena against the Villains, a group of NBA players from rival colleges coached by Christian Laettner.
The Patriots will open the regular season Saturday, October 29 at home against Mid-Continent University.