Brevin Brimble, CJ Jennings enjoy being part of basketball all-star 'Show'

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DENVER - Brevin Brimble's final quarter of high school basketball looked an awful lot like an homage to his touted career at Doherty.

Brimble made his presence felt at The Show, Colorado's all-star basketball game, splashing three consecutive deep balls in a matter of moments in the boys' top-20 game. He finished with 14 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and his all-star teammate, CJ Jennings of Sierra, added seven points as they both helped lead Team White to a 129-99 victory over Team Blue on Saturday at Metro State University.

Colorado Springs Christian's Justin Engesser, who also played in the 1A-3A boys' game along with Manitou Springs' Lucas Rodholm, had two points for the guys in blue.

"Just playing against all the top players in the state for one last game is a fun way to end my high school career," Brimble said. "It was fun, I liked it."

The game itself had all the usual all-star antics. Like a pickup game of H-O-R-S-E - where theatrics outweighed competition - defense was all but extinct and 40-foot Hail Mary heaves and acrobatic dunks were the norm.

Brimble and Jennings both started as Team White jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 1:23 of the game and never looked back. Brimble provided much of the excitement near the end.

A good few feet back of the perimeter, the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League MVP swished 3 after 3 after 3 in the waning minutes. He also nailed a 16-foot jumper to beat the third-quarter buzzer and drove to the basket for a three-point play early in the fourth.

"That game, you want to prove a lot going against the top-20 players in the state," said Brimble, who led the Spartans into the second round of the state playoffs with 20.4 points per game. "It was a showcase."

The flow of the game wasn't a favorite for everyone, though.

"It's definitely an honor to play in a game with the top 20 players in the state but my dad's philosophy and my philosophy is really to play hard every second," Engesser said. "For guys not to even play defense, it's kind of hard. You saw me shove the guy under the basket on an alley-oop because I'm still playing defense."

Jennings' best moment, meanwhile, came during the halftime dunk contest when he rocked the arena with a thunderous reverse slam.

He said the experience was fun but he missed Sand Creek's D'shawn Schwartz and Vista Ridge's Hunter Maldonado, who were also selected for the top-20 game but were unable to attend.

Maldonado, recovering from getting his wisdom teeth pulled, will play at the University of Wyoming next season, while Schwartz, who was on vacation in California, will play at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

"It was fun but it would have been better with them to have that camaraderie," Jennings said. "But it's just fun playing with so much talent on the floor."

CSCS' Megan Engesser played in the girls' 1A-3A game earlier in the evening.