Melega reunites with former teammate at all-star game

Friday night’s Subway All-Star Game at Pensacola State’s Hartsell Arena provided Navarre’s David Melega the opportunity to play one last high school basketball game.

He enjoyed every minute of it, especially with the East prevailing over the West 96-94 in a wild comeback win between senior standouts from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County schools.

“It was great playing one more time. I had a good time. I loved it,” Melega said. “I’m glad we came back and won. It was great we got it done.”

He was the lone player from the Raiders on the East roster and scored midway through the second half, getting in the paint and knocking down a shot that cut the West lead to 76-64.

“It’s the first time I’ve scored in a while in a game. I’m glad I was able to contribute,” Melega said.

Melega had an opportunity to reunite with one of his former teammates as well in Sage McKenna. McKenna transferred to Choctaw before the start of last season. The two chatted during warmups Friday and while on the bench together.

Melega said he enjoyed being around one of his former teammates in a basketball setting one more time.

Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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