Indiana boys All-Stars beat Kentucky 111-99

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 9:00 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The streak continues for the Indiana boys all-star basketball team.

Indiana ran its winning streak in the annual summer doubleheader series with the Kentucky boys all-star team to 13 with a 111-99 win Saturday night.

Trevon Bluiett, who will play next year at Xavier, scored 32 points and had four blocks. He shared player of the game honors with James Blackmon, Jr., who added 23 points and eight assists.

When those two players are playing as well together as they did Saturday night, Bluiett said it's hard for any team to get over on the best Indiana preps basketball had to offer in 2014.

"I think when me and him are both on our games, we're hard to stop," Bluiett said. "When he has it going and I have it going, I don't think anybody can stop us."

Bluiett scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half to help Indiana pull away in the contest. And one night after scoring 41 points in a 104-94 win in Lexington, Ky., Blackmon, Jr. dazzled the crowd several times with long-range 3-pointers, a rebound-putback dunk and several spectacular passes.

So how sweet is the sweep of Kentucky?

"It's great. That was our goal," Blackmon, Jr. said. "We knew we had an 11-game win streak (before this year) and no one wanted to mess that up."

Kentucky was led by Louisville recruit Quentin Snider, who scored 27 points. Christen Cunningham scored 19 points and Kelen Martin added 13 for Kentucky.

Indiana played both games against Kentucky this year without Indiana Mr. Basketball and University of Kentucky commit Trey Lyles.

On the girls' side, Indiana held Kentucky to 22 percent shooting in an 83-56 victory.

A night after earning an 83-70 win, Indiana took control of Saturday's contest early and never looked back. Indiana forced 16 first half turnover and used a pressuring perimeter defense to keep Kentucky from finding an offensive rhythm in the game.

After falling behind 43-28 at halftime, Kentucky employed a full-court press to begin the second half. But that allowed Indiana to score in transition and get easy baskets. The Indiana lead stayed above 20 points for most of the second half.

Indiana Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings finished with 14 points. Sydney Buck added 14 Indiana. Ivy Brown, Kentucky's Miss Basketball, scored 11 points and Eriel McKee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky.

Players and coaches for both Indiana teams stressed the importance of sweeping the weekend series from Kentucky. For Indiana girls coach Eric Thornton, it was a point of emphasis before his team took to the court Saturday.

"It's really nice to get the sweep," Thornton said. "We did talk about it before the game today. It was real important to win (Friday), and then you never want to lose your last game, especially at your place."

Print
Email
|