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03/27/06

Betts scores 41 to end career

He sets a McDonald's All-Star game record and leads the Red team's victory

John Boccacino
Staff writer

(March 26, 2006) Calvin Betts has done it all in his four-year basketball career at Rush-Henrietta.

Betts has won a sectional basketball title, endured the struggles that come from switching from a forward to a guard, and earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Buffalo.

What Betts did in his final high school game is right at the top of his accomplishments.

Betts scored 14 straight points during the second quarter and finished with a Greater Rochester Ronald McDonald All-Star game record 41 points.

Led by Betts, the Red team defeated the Gold team 160-131 in the 21st annual Ronald McDonald Game on Saturday in front of 1,250 people at Rochester Institute of Technology.

"I just wanted to win the game, but once my teammates told me 'Calvin, you've got 20, you've got 25' and we learned I was within reach of (the scoring record) I just said, 'Let's go get it,'" said Betts, who earned team MVP with his 41 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. "We were going for the record (for most team points) but came up one point short."

Betts teamed with Fairport's Cory Magee and All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year Corey McAdam to lead the high-flying Red attack.

Leading 124-100, Betts delivered a perfect pass to Magee for the two-handed slam. Two minutes later Magee returned the favor, finding Betts for a thunderous dunk.

"I think we (Calvin and I) were looking for each other, but I think it's just because we know the game so well," Magee said.

"You never would have thought that players from Fairport and Rush would combine together on one team," Betts said.

Greece Athena's Rickey Wallace scored 12 points during the first quarter and finished with 22 for the Red team.

"This was almost an overwhelming feeling to play with so many great players," Wallace said. "I look up to these guys, so for me to come out and play as well as I did, it's just an honor."

Gold MVP Scott Young (Hornell) scored 11 first-half points and Irondequoit's Cory Humphries added all 13 of his after halftime, but it wasn't enough.

JBOCCACI@DemocratandChronicle.com 

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