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For the past 16 years, Community All-Star coaches Mark Lonsinger, on-air personality of the Voice of Holmes County, and attorney Sam Steimel have tried to figure out a way to top the Holmes County Bucks.
On Tuesday night in the Dungeon at West Holmes, the Bucks extended the longest losing streak in Holmes County to 17 years with a 51-42 victory over the Community All-Stars.
"It may be the longest losing streak, but it's the best game all year," Steimel said. "Look at all the people here. The gymnasium is full. It just shows how much the community supports the Bucks and the Training Center."
The annual Community All-Star game caps off the season for the Bucks as March celebrates Developmental Disabilities month in Ohio.
The Bucks had their inside and outside game going on early, as the one-two punch of Lester Endlsey and Dennis Hershberger dominated inside, and Steve Miller swished one from long range to help the Training Center team pull out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter.
WKLM radio personality Matt Croy scored four points for the All-Stars and West Holmes coaching staff representative Ben Ogi also scored four to account for the All-Stars eight.
In the second quarter Jason Miller of Holmes County Fire Station No. 1 hit a 3-pointer and added a bucket inside to spark the Stars.
Walnut Creek Mennonite pastor Dan Owolabi and Hummel Insurance Group's Dave Coil also scored inside as the All-Stars trimmed the Bucks' lead to three by halftime.
But Leroy Kuhns kept the Bucks ahead with his soft touch from the outside. Blake Day added a couple buckets inside to help the Training Center team hold on to a 24-21 lead.
Every time the All-Stars got close, Village Motors' Mike Kinsey would get whistled for traveling or three seconds, much to the delight of the fans, as the officiating and the fan support was definitely one-sided.
Endsley got hot again in the third quarter to help the Bucks build a 34-25 lead after three quarters. Endsley, "The Big L," led the Bucks with 14 points, while Hershberger chipped in 10.
Owolabi used his superior size and skills to help the All-Stars mount a comeback, cashing in an alley-oop from player-coach Lonsinger. Owolabi, a former Dalton High School and Malone star, finished with 10 points to lead the All-Star offensive effort. Ogi finished with eight points and Croy chipped in seven to lead the All-Stars attack, but it was too much Hershberger and Endsley for the All-Stars to overcome.
Game official Ron Hay thanked the many members of the Community All-Stars for their continued support and wished them better luck next year.