YORK, PA – York College senior men's basketball player Paul Kouvaris (Baltimore, MD/Cardinal Gibbons) participated at the Reese's NABC Senior All-Star game this past Saturday in Salem, VA. The contest was a part of the Division III Men's Basketball Championship weekend in the Salem Civic Center.
The game, which preceded the Division III National Championship game between UW-Whitewater and Cabrini, was held on Saturday afternoon.
Kouvaris played on the West squad coached by Ohio Northern University legendary coach Gale Daugherty. The Spartan senior started in the game and played well with a double-double as he recorded 11 points and team-high 10 rebounds in the East's 109-105 victory. Kouvaris was 5-for-8 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the free throw line. He handed out two assists while he also had a pair of steals in his 21 minutes of work.
Middlebury's Ryan Sharry was selected the game MVP as he led the East squad with 20 points and 18 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. He was 7-for-10 from the floor including 1-for-2 from three and 5-for-7 from the stripe.
Seth Anderson of Gustavus Adolphus led the West with 22 points while Wheaton's Tim McCrary added 17 points for Daugherty's squad.
While the game was the focus of the weekend for the senior participants, it was not the only experience that Kouvaris and his teammates had during the weekend. The All-Stars began the weekend by reading to local school children as a community outreach portion of the program. The squads practiced on Friday and then held a clinic for local children and Special Olympians on Saturday morning, putting the participants through the paces while they provided one-on-one instruction.
Kouvaris was happy to get to participate in the weekend.
"The all star game was a great experience," said the Spartans' senior standout. "It was great being able to travel and experience the Division III Final Four weekend and the championship game in Salem. I was able to meet some of the best Division III players from all over the country and make friends in the process. Being able to play in this game was such a great opportunity and an honor. I was so happy to get to represent York College, our coaching staff and our team. I am very happy my college career ending game was playing in such a fantastic All-Star game."
Kouvaris finished his Spartan career with 1,305 points, good for 12th on the all-time scoring list. He was named the CAC Player of the Year while he also earned NABC and d3hoops.com All-Regional accolades.