York Tech senior Ronald Henderson had 18 points in Sunday s victory.
York Tech senior Ronald Henderson had 18 points in Sunday s victory. (Bil Bowden photos)

SPRING GROVE -- Ronald Henderson wasn't one of the high-profile players entering Sunday's York-Adams League Senior Boys' All-Star Basketball Game.

Henderson played for York Tech, a team that didn't get any playoff exposure during his career. He also missed five games this season after sustaining a concussion when his head hit the bleachers and the floor during a regular-season game.

The Spartans' senior, though, more than held his own in the star-filled finale by scoring 18 points to help the Division I-IV team defeat Division II-III, 131-110.

"I had people to work with, and we had fun," Henderson said. "I've improved my game (during his four years at York Tech), and I worked with my teammates a little more."

Henderson was the only player representing York Tech in the game, but he knew a number of the other players.

"Derek Wilson (of York High), my stepdad is his cousin, and Tavon (Parker), Derek and myself, we all play together on Pa. Elite (an AAU team)," he said. "I also know Roque (Lopez of West York) and Evan (Eberhardinger of York Suburban)."

Parker led all scorers with 22 points, and Wilson delivered 18. Eberhardinger pumped in 21 points for the Division II-III team. The high-flying Wilson recorded four dunks.

"The last high school appearance, and it was fun to get out here, get a couple of shots and a couple of dunks," Parker said. "We tried to get Mel (Ramel Stephens) a dunk."

Parker, Wilson and Stephens led York High to 27 victories, the York-Adams Tournament title and a second-place finish in the District 3-AAAA Tournament this past season.

They were all outstanding accomplishments, but Parker considers the work he did in the classroom as his biggest accomplishment.

"My grades and the lessons you learn on the road to the championship stay with you forever," he said. "You have your brain forever, but at some point, you have to hang up your basketball shoes."

Parker and his teammates made their final York County appearance a winning one in an all-offense-all-the-time pointfest that featured a combined 29 3-point baskets and just two foul shots.

The game was tied four times in the first half (the game was played in two, 20-minute halves) before Wilson broke the final one (35-35) by nailing a 3-point shot from the left wing with 9:40 left.

The Division II-III team pulled within one (51-50), but it wasn't able to take the lead.

Eberhardinger and Ryan Kehr, of Littlestown, connected on five 3-point baskets apiece for Division II-III. Parker made four 3-point shots.

"When the first one (3-point shot) went in, I was fine," Eberhardinger said. "I felt this game was a good opportunity for the better players to get together and have a good time."

Parker, Henderson, Wilson, Bean (16 points), Kevin Hutchinson of Red Lion (12 points) and Darian Hampton of Central York (11 points) finished in double figures for Division I-IV.

Eberhardinger, Josh McMahon of Dover (18 points), Khalid Nwandu of Northeastern (17 points), Kehr (17 points) and Braheem Riley of Northeastern (12 points) reached double figures for the III-IV club.

-- Reach Dick VanO linda at dvanolin da@yorkdispatch.com.