ROCK ISLAND -- All-Star Games usually are happy-go-lucky, offensive-minded affairs. Tit-for-tat competition and overtime battles for bragging rights are not supposed to be part of the equation.
However, for eight teammates from the AAU club, Quad City Elite, Monday's boys' game at the Iowa-Illinois Senior All-Star Basketball Showcase offered the rare exception.
In a thriller featuring six ties and 11 lead changes in the second half alone, and big shot after big shot from both sides, Illinois missed four chances on the final two possessions and 30 seconds in OT, sealing a 93-92 victory for Team Iowa at Augustana College's Carver P.E. Center.
A crowd of 1,873 watched Iowa win for the first in three seasons, and seventh all-time, at the 15th annual season-ending, high-school extravaganza. The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus are an organizing sponsor.
``There was a lot of competition. We really battled each other,'' Rock Island's C.J. Carr said. ``Everybody on the court is a competitor. Everybody wanted to win.''
That was never more apparent than the three-minute extra session, where the lead changed hands three times, the last coming on a putback dunk with 45 seconds remaining by Clinton's Jalen Jones (18 points, 6 rebounds) to give Iowa the final advantage.
On the next possession, Illinois missed a 3-pointer by Rocky's Trey Sigel (15 points, all on 3-pointers), a driving follow-up by Carr ((13 points, 3 assists) and a putback-attempt that teetered out by Galesburg's Tyson Parks (8 points, 11 rebounds).
On the other end, Player of the Game Cole Clearman of Bettendorf (21 points, 7 3-balls) missed a one-and-one free-throw attempt, Rockridge's Ethan Happ drove the length of the floor and dished to Parks, but his contested layup also caromed out of the basket at the buzzer.
``It felt good out of my hands,'' Parks lamented.
``It just wasn't our lucky day,'' Carr added.
Indeed, Happ helped force the extra session by breaking a double-team defense with a driving layup with 44.8 seconds remaining in regulation.
However, the Wisconsin-bound big man missed the resulting free throw, Jones split a pair on the other end, and Illinois came up short on two shots to win in the final seconds.
``It came down to the last couple of possessions and we just didn't get it done,'' Happ said after leading Illinois with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
``Because we played AAU together, there was a little rivalry there. (Bettendorf's) Dylan (Sortillo) got the best of us this time. I know he's going to talk smack about this for a long time.
``But for this to be our last prep game, it was so much fun to get out there and play with or against some of my AAU teammates, and some guys we've been playing against since we were little.''
The QC Elite for Illinois were Happ, Carr, Sigel and Moline's Brandon Vice (14 points, 11 rebounds).
Bettendorfer's Sortillo (19 points, 5 3-balls), Nicholas Baer (15 rebounds) and Kendall Jacks joined Jones on Team Iowa from the QC Elite.
Happ and Carr also teamed up for the highlight of the dunk contest, with Happ boosting the 5-foot-7 Carr to the rim for a throwdown.
``I can get one by myself on a good day,'' Carr claimed. ``We were just joking around, putting on a show. It was fun.''
Happ also provided the prop for Davenport Central's Geo Butler to edge Jones, 51-50 in the finals of the dunk contest.
Butler got the extra point from a judge by leaping over the 6-foot-8 Happ in the final round, with each dunker getting one attempt.
Parks, who was third in the final with 40 points, won the two-dunk preliminary round with 79 points over Jones (78) and Butler (76), throwing down a mighty slam by jumping over his 6-3 teammate Grant Gibson, among the spectators in the crowd.
Before Butler trumped Parks, Happ, Baer and Jacks also participated in the prelims.
``I don't know if he's keeping track of that stuff. He's got some pretty big games coming up on his mind,'' Happ said of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan's reaction to the two dunk-contest antics. ``But if he was here, he'd probably not have appreciated that.''
In the 3-point shooting contest, Sigel won the overall competition with his last shot, 12-11 over Pleasant Valley's Sydney Dwyer.
Sigel's last shot in the boys' final also gave him a record-smashing 21-20 win over Sortillo.
Sigel advanced to the finals on his last shot in the first round, too, forcing a 15-15 tiebreaker with Geneseo's Ethan Radue.
Dwyer won the girls' contest, 12-9 over Davenport West's Brooke Garnica.
Annawan's Megan Foes, Wethersfield's Kristen Parsons, Rock Island's Shamia Clark and Muscatine's Emily Clemens also participated in the girls' shootout.
The boys' shootout also included Wethersfield's Trevor Lay, Clearman and Central DeWitt's Trevor Bauer.
Iowa-Illinois Senior All-Star Basketball Showcase
At Augustana College's Carver P.E. Center (A-1,873)
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.