Mixing it up key to All Stars game plan in Cairns
A SMATTERING of new talent will meld with the old in tonight's FNQ Super League All Stars clash at Bendigo Bank Basketball Stadium, but there is one man everyone will be watching.
Deba George, mysteriously axed by the Taipans last season before taking up a stint in Tasmania, has returned for club side Mulgrave Magic this season and slotted straight back in.
The guard scored 30 points in his last appearance for the Magic and will be hard to stop alongside Curt Ahwang in the Country All Stars' back court tonight.
"He's on fire at the moment and has fitted back into Cairns basketball really well," league commissioner Cate Mahoney said.
"But you've got CJ Ahwang, who had a 50-point game this season, playing for City, and then the entire Taipans development squad in action. There should be plenty of entertainment."
While George, both Ahwangs, Dwayne Vale and proven three-point shooter Randy Ware have been a constant presence at the Fish Tank in years gone by, Mahoney hinted there might be some new faces leading the way.
"Jason Osbourne has been very impressive at both ends of the court this season and then you've got Matt Andronicos of course, another exciting Taipans development player," she said.
Taipans back-court partners Jamar Wilson (City) and Cam Gliddon (Country) will coach the teams, while other members will be in the stands watching on.
Action starts with the Skills Challenge at 6.30pm, followed by the three-point shoot-out and then the tip-off at about 7.30pm. Entry is free.
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Fleet footed: Mulgrave Magic's Deba George has slotted right back into the side and will be hard to stop.