GREENSBORO — North Carolina recruit Reggie Bullock led the East squad to a come-from-behind 99-98 victory on Monday night in the N.C. Coaches Association All-Star boys basketball game at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Bullock finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and was voted the game's MVP after sparking the East squad's second-half comeback.
"When Reggie started hitting, everything got easier for us," Enloe graduate Emanuel Chapman said. "It opened up the court for guys like me to drive a bit more, and we started playing better together as a team."
Chapman, an N.C. Central recruit, finished with six points and three assists.
Jake Lliteras of Hillsborough Cedar Ridge had 10 points and two rebounds.
The West built a 56-44 halftime lead as the East squad struggled to score from the field and from the free-throw line.
The East stars missed 13 of their first 24 free throws but made seven of eight down the stretch.
Rocky Mount's TaShawn Mabry, who scored 17 points, made the biggest free throw, breaking a 98-all tie with 3.6 seconds left.
Lliteras gave the East squad its first lead of the second half with a 3-pointer with 5:20 to play.
"Preston [Ross] drove and kicked it to me, and I drained it in stride," Lliteras said. "It was great to experience a week like this, play with great teammates and come out with a win."
The East led until West sharpshooter Jack Sumner drilled a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play to tie the score at 98.
Bullock, who said a minor injury on the thumb of his shooting hand had slowed him a bit in the past week, drove to the basket and drew the defense's attention before kicking the ball to Mabry, who went to the free-throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining.
"We started too sluggish, so coach [Michael Gainey of Rocky Mount] just got on us to play with more heart in the second half," Bullock said. "We did, and I started going to the basket more since my outside shot wasn't falling."
The West's Corey Hensley led all scorers with 22 points, 16 of them in the first half.