By Rahsaan Thomas
Allan McIntosh and Oris “Pep” Williams out-shined the All-Star competition while leading the East to an 82-76 victory over the West in the Intramural Basketball League.
Williams was named the MVP for the East and Harry “ATL” Smith for the West by Commissioner Ishmael Freelon.
“I think we (McIntosh) should be co-MVPs,” said Williams.
McIntosh led all scores with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Williams posted a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals.
Members of rival teams became allies in the June 14 game that featured some of the best basketball players in San Quentin pitted against each other.
“I wanted somebody from every team and they were chosen by their stats,” said Freelon.
Orlando Harris is the head coach of the S.Q. Kings and the Squad Up intramural team. He coached the East team.
East members were McIntosh, Williams, J. “Mailman” Ratchford, Derrick Cartwright, Charles Sylvester, Jason Jones, Tommie Nellon, D. Zaid Nicholson, Kevin Carr and D. “Frog” Dewitt. (Carr and Dewitt didn’t attend.)
The West team was coached by Franchise intramural team coach and S.Q. Warrior forward Brad Shells. His team members were “ATL” Smith, Donte Smith, Montrell Vines, F. “Dot.Com” Hicks, Antonio Cavitt, Jamal Green, DePriest Brown, Seven Singh, Larry “TY” Jones and K. Shaheed. (Jones didn’t attend.)
“I know everybody’s game out here, so the guys I was playing with, I know their strengths. I know how to get them the ball,” said McIntosh.
Foul trouble and turnovers plagued the West during the first half.
“We were up by 18 and then they made a nice run. They played great defense in the second half to get the game back within one. Then we found our groove and got our momentum back,” said Williams.
Things changed for the West when Hicks came off the bench. His smothering defense caused turnovers for the East, plus Hicks was able to knock down threes and get to the rack.
“ATL” Smith also started playing like a man determined to win, after a slow start.
Smith led his team with 24 points and 22 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Hicks added 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals.
Brown dropped 13 with 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks, along with Donte Smith’s 11 points and 6 rebounds in the comeback attempt.
With 6 minutes and 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the West was down 73-72 and seemed poised to take the lead. Then the East made a run.
Williams drove to the rack for a layup in traffic, yelling, “Agghhh!”
Then Nellon blocked a pass, stole the ball from midair and attempted to make a layup. He missed but grabbed his own rebound and powered up for the basket, making the score, 77-72. From there the East never looked back.
Nellon, Jones and Nicholson scored nine points each.