McDowell High basketball standout Tanner Dillingham was the leading scorer in the Annual Blue-White All-Star Game at Enka High last Friday.
Dillingham poured in a game-high 19 points for the Blue squad, which defeated the East 123-101 in a game that saw the Blue and White teams combine to make 33 3-pointers.
Lady Titans senior Amanda Bingham represented MHS in the girls’ game, scoring one point as the Blue suffered a 79-66 setback against the White. Lady Titans head coach Jennifer Brooks and assistants Laura Snider and Kristin Maney piloted the Blue team.
It was the 65th anniversary of the boys’ game and the 41st for the girls. The annual event raises money for area children with developmental disabilities.
Owen’s Brian Bartlett was named the boys MVP after recording a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. East Rutherford guard Juwan Blanton – who played his middle school ball at East McDowell – tossed in 18, and his Cavaliers teammate Malik Hamrick 17 for the Blue.
The Blue led the White 58-55 at the half, but outscored them 65-46 after the break.
The White girls built a 39-19 lead at the half and cruised home with the win. Murphy’s Emma Stroup scored 10 points and was named the MVP.
For Dillingham, the all-star game put the wraps on an outstanding high school hoops career.
As a senior, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per contest, shooting a team-high 56 percent from the field and leading the Titans with 51 blocked shots. He was a critical component for a McDowell team that went 25-3 – the second-highest win total and third-best winning percentage in school history – and won the MAC’s 4A and (unofficial) overall championships, as well as the conference tournament title.
Dillingham’s strong senior season came on the heels of a junior campaign that saw him average 17.6 points and 6.6 boards. He averaged 7.5 points and 5 rebounds as a sophomore on the varsity two years ago.
Dillingham was a two-time All-Mountain Athletic 4A/3A Conference pick, and finished his McDowell career with 1,019 points and 514 rebounds.