The Wykons participate in the All-Star Game; Nelson scores 40 | Iron River Publications, Inc.
ST. IGNACE / IRON RIVER – Three recently graduated West Iron County basketball players competed in the UP All Star Basketball Classic held July 10 at LaSalle High School in St. Ignace.
Justin Nelson and Nathan Thomson competed for the West Boys Team, which lost to the East Team 103-96. Jordan Shamion competed for the Western Women’s Team, which fell to the East 87-80.
West Iron girls’ basketball coach Eric Shamion has coached the West women’s team.
Nelson was the star of the Wykon contingent and stood out from the crowd with 40 points and 18 rebounds. He sank five points to 3 points and led Team West’s comeback after a 50-33 deficit at halftime.
Nelson also won the slam dunk competition.
“It was really special to wear my high school jersey one last time with Nate,” said Nelson, who will play at Bay College next season. “As soon as I entered the field, my goal was to represent the West Iron County Wykons. I just went there and did what Coach (Dan) Schive always taught me, to play every game like it’s the last.
Thomson scored five points for the West team.
Brandon Frazier of Escanaba, who scored 17 points for the winning team East, was named MVP.
The boys’ game was played with collegiate timing rules, with two 20-minute halves and a 30-second stopwatch.
In the girls’ game, Jordan Shamion scored two points. Menominee’s West teammate Emma Anderson tallied 35 points to lead all scorers. Gladstone’s Megan Crow, who played for the East team, scored 21 points and was named the game’s MVP.
“It has been a great experience coaching some of the best senior basketball players in UP,” Eric Shamion told Matt McCarthy of the Iron Mountain Daily News. “There was a lot of talent on the pitch throughout the game. Not only great athletes, they are great kids too.
“It was also special for me as a father to see my daughter play her last game as a star.”
The girls’ game was played with four 10-minute quarters and a 30-second stopwatch. The game remained competitive throughout with the West leading by two points after the first quarter, then the East taking a one point lead at halftime.
East extended their lead to 71-59 after three quarters, before West reduced the final gap to seven.