L'ville 'stars' fall short in Derby Classic

Chane Behanan and Angel Nunez starred Friday night in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. The two Louisville signees, plus Zach Price and recruit Kevin Ware put on a show in a 126-122 loss to the Gold.

Angel Nunez earned his team's MVP award, and Chane Behanan and Zach Price both hauled down double-digit rebounds, but the future Louisville stars fell to the Gold team, who rallied in the final minutes, 126-122, in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic Friday night at the KFC Yum Center.

Nunez, the least heralded of Louisville's three signees playing in the all-star classic, scored 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the floor, including 2-5 three-pointers. The 6-foot-8 forward also grabbed five rebounds and added two assists.

"I played pretty well," Nunez said. "I showed everybody what I can do. I showed off my skills and what I can do on the basketball court. Coach Pitino tells me all the time he just wants me to play hard and I just tried to do that."

Chane Behanan was tough on the boards.
Behanan, a McDonald's All-American, finished with 11 points and team-high 11 boards. The 6-foot-7 forward made 5 of 11 shots, handing out two assists in 26 minutes.

"I think I did good coming out here playing for the first time," Behanan said. "I showed the crowd what to expect next year, but when I get here and get to work it will be even better. Me, Angel Nunez and Zach Price, I think we all played good and learned a little more about each other's game."

Price, a 6-foot-10 center, contributed six points and ten rebounds. Price made 3 of 4 shots, and also blocked one shot.

"Our class was pretty strong today and we were missing one of our best players, Wayne Blackshear," Nunez said. "It was a great experience. The fans were great. I felt at home and a lot of love. It was everything I imagined and more. The only better would have been if we would have won."

Future Baylor wing Deuce Bello led the White team with 20 points and Oklahoma State signee LeByran Nash added 19 points. Western Kentucky point guard recruit Derrick Gordon was the only other White team player to finish in double-figures with 16.

Ohio State-bound forward LaQuinton Ross and Michigan State signee Branden Dawson led the Gold team with 26 and 23 points. Ross made 10 of 16 shots and added a game-high 14 boards. Dawson made 8 of 12 shots, and all six of his free throw attempts.

Indiana signee Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Xavier-bound Desmine Wells and Ohio State recruit Amir Williams chipped in 12 and 11.

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey, who will visit LSU soon, finished with 5 points and three assists. Trevor Lacy, who is considering Kansas and Kentucky, had five points and four assists, but made 1 of 6 three's. Louisville native Aaron Cosby scored five points to go along with two assists and four turnovers.

Kentucky natives Tony Kimbro and George Fant both scored eight points. Kimbro is considering Western Kentucky and Manhattan, among others, while Fant is going to Western Kentucky next year.

St. John's signee D'Angelo Harrison scored all eight points in the second half, connecting on consecutive three-pointers.

Alabama signee Levi Randolph beat Nunez, Nash and Bello for the slam dunk crown, while Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby won the three-point shooting contest, besting Indiana signee Austin Etherington and Vanderbilt recruit Dai-Jon Parker.

Ware Solid?

There seemed to be uncertainty about Kevin Ware's commitment to UCF leading up to the game, but the 6-4 guard from Atlanta said afterward that he's solid with the Knights.

"Right now it's still UCF," Ware told InsideTheVille.com. "I talked to my mom and she thinks that's what best for me. That's final right now with my mom."

Ware finished with eight points, but struggled with his ball handling and decision-making while committing eight turnovers.

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