RED LION — Kobi Nwandu and Donovian Maxfield began playing basketball together when they were in fifth grade.
Nwandu and Maxfield looked for each other on the court through elementary school, middle school and finally Northeastern High School.
Sunday, the two seniors delivered impressive post scripts to their high school careers, helping Team II defeat Team I in a game that featured almost all offense and a NBA-type final score, 116-106.
Maxfield pumped in 22 points and Nwandu delivered 19 in the York-Adams League Senior All-Star Boys' Basketball Game.
"It's sad that it's our last game, but we went out strong" said Nwandu, who will play college basketball at NCAA Division II East Stroudsburg University. "We were trying to have fun the whole game, but in the locker room before the game, we said the last five minutes were going to be serious because we were going to try and win the game."
Team II actually won the game in the last minute and a half. With Team I leading, 104-103, West York's Darian McCauley nailed a 3-point shot from the left wing with 1:28 on the clock to push Team II ahead for good at 106-104. Gettysburg's Marquise Camel ended the high-scoring contest in an appropriate manner when he banked in a half-court shot at the final buzzer.
Maxfield also did plenty of damage from long range, knocking in five of his team's 18 3-point baskets. Camel connected for four 3-pointers.
"I wasn't hitting in the first half," Maxfield said. "But when we play at Red Lion, the other end of the court is good for me, and the shots just started falling for me in the second half. I like to call myself the microwave because I like to heat up fast."
Maxfield will carry a lot of fond memories of Nwandu and the other Bobcats when he heads for Wingate University in North Carolina.
"It was very sweet," he said. "We had good times out on the court and we made plays together. It will be different playing without Kobi, but we're on to bigger and better things."
Like, Nwandu and Maxfield, York High's Montrel Morgan delivered a memorable performance in the showcase game. The Bearcats' guard led all scorers with 26 points.
"It was fun playing in this game, although it was a little tiring because this is a big floor," Morgan said. "You have a lot more freedom when you're in a game like this. When you're on a (high school) team, you have certain boundaries."
Morgan isn't certain where he'll be playing next year. He's looking at East Stroudsburg, but he also could enroll in a prep school.
In addition to Nwandu and Maxfield, four other Team II players reached double figures. Dover's Najah Fink and Hanover's Kyle Krout put up 14 points each, Camel contributed 12 and Kennard-Dale's Kyle Wooldridge finished with 10 points.
Central York's Jared Wagner followed Morgan in the scoring parade for Team I with 19 points. Wagner's Central teammate, Nathan Markey, contributed 17 points. Darin Gordon of Spring Grove (16 points) and Devon Duvall of New Oxford (14 points) also finished in double figures.
The game was sponsored by the York White Rose Lions Club.
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