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This past weekend the third Annual Converse Eastbay Classic took place in Milwaukee. Some of the state’s top athlete’s participated in the exhibition at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Many of the players took to the court in the Converse Star Player EVO, which was the highlight of the display set up by Eastbay and Converse to show some of the current basketball shoes, apparel and equipment. The final game of the night featured a halftime performance from the Milwaukee Bucks Rim Rocker Dunk Team as well as a special presentation from a local fan favorite. Larry Sanders, power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks (and reading expert in our Sneaker Watch Comedy Edition) was on hand to present awards to the winners of four JG Scholarship awards.

As for the real on-court action, in the girls matchup between Oak Creek and Hartland Arrowhead, Oak Creek’s Ashley Luke led her team to a 61-27 victory scoring 19 points. While 6’5″ senior Alex Cohen did the same Nicolet who defeated Mukwonago 65-43 in their game. In the most competitive game of the event, Waunakee barely slipped by Oconomowoc 58-54.

One of the most anticipated games of the event was between the top two ranked schools in the state. Coach Jim Gosz, founder of the JG scholarship fund, led second ranked Rufus King passed top ranked Madison Memorial. The Generals were led by Dominique Borom, who had 11 points as Rufus King won impressively 57-35.

The marquee matchup between Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee Hamilton seemed to draw in a good portion of the over 2,000 spectators in attendance. Nationally recruited J.P. Tokoto playing for Menomonee Falls and Elgin Cook playing for Hamilton even lured in at least a couple of scouts looking for future possibilities. In the end it was Elgin Cook who rose to the occasion and led his team to a 67-58 victory scoring 21 points and throwing down a couple of impressive dunks along the way.

Check out some of the images from the event below.

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