REINBECK - Jake Shipley of West Marshall splashed in 3-pointers and threw down dunks in an all-star laugher over the East team, then won the 3-point and dunk contests for good measure.
"I kind of wung it tonight," the smooth-shooting, high-flying 6-foot-7 all-stater said of the dunk contest, which occurred right after the West Division peeled off a 107-67 victory Friday night at Gladbrook-Reinbeck during the North Iowa Cedar League Senior All-Star game.
Shipley bounced the ball off the floor and onto the backboard, and twisted in the air for 360s from the baseline on his way to edging hometown hero Brett Bengen of Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a dunk-off.
T-R PHOTO BY TOM RENAUD
West Marshall’s Jake Shipley goes up for a slam dunk during the West Division’s win over the East at the NICL All-Star game Friday in Reinbeck.
"I won (a dunk contest) before at Simpson," said Shipley, who said Northwestern of Orange City, Briar Cliff and Coe are his top three choices for playing ball next year. "I think I had a better 360 last time."
In a boys' game low on defense and high on jacking up 3-pointers - a referee even fired up a long-distance attempt for the East team in the second half - Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Scott Benson led all scorers with 21 points, and Shipley added 18.
AGWSR's Jory McDowell added 15 points and was named MVP of the West, while Braxton Myers of Dike-New Hartford earned that honor for the East.
West Marshall's Ross Howe hit a shot from about 30 feet as the first-quarter horn sounded, putting the West up 26-8. They led 52-29 at recess and 84-49 entering the fourth.
Shipley said he didn't expect to win either contest.
"Some of the other kids really can shoot, I think some of them had off nights (in the 3-point contest)," he said. "We were just playing to have fun, and we were actually shooting really well (in the game).
"We just decided not to be selfish and just have fun."
Macy Ubben of Class 1A state champ AGWSR dominated the girls' game with 30 points, but the East came out on top 53-44 behind 20 points from cat-quick Cathy Reiter of La Porte City Union, the majority of them off steals resulting in layups.
Ubben tied the game up at 36-36 early in the fourth, but Wapsie Valley's Shelby Kuhrt responded with five quick points, and the East took care of business from there.
Ubben and Reiter were named MVPs of their respective teams, while Denver's Molly Pleggenkuhle won the girls' 3-point contest.