Staples boys basketball senior tri-captain Gabe Seidman shined over Maloney High School last Thursday in the senior all-star game.

Seidman, who played for the victorious West Squad in its 96--94 victory over the East squad at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class LL and L All-Star game, hustled the whole time and epitomized the unselfish play of his Staples teammates by looking for his open teammates and by playing solid defense.

"I think it was a great experience for him and it's cool he got to play on the same team with some of the FCIAC players he competed against," Wreckers Coach Colin Devine said. "Gabe played great and I look forward to follow him in his college career."

Seidman had four points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a forced turnover in the West's victory. He is the first Staples player to be selected for the game in two years when then-Wrecker senior co-captains Andrei Oztemel and John DiBartolomeo were chosen for it.

"It was an honor," Seidman said. "I just had to play my game and I did what I could. We got the win and that's all that counts."

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He scored two of his points in the fourth quarter when he hit a layup.

"I fumbled the ball first, I recovered it and I went up for it," said Seidman. "It's an all-star game and there are no set plays. You just play."

Playing solid defense isn't the norm for an all-star game but that didn't deter Seidman, who didn't make it easy for the East team's offense. His pressure on the East led to transition baskets for the West.

"I played aggressive on defense," Seidman. "There were a lot of good athletes out there and it wasn't hard to get my hands on the loose ball."