Indiana boys beat Kentucky 104-94 in All-Star game
James Blackmon Jr. put on quite a show Friday night, pouring in 41 points to lead Indiana's boys' All-Star team over Kentucky for a 104-94 victory.
Blackmon, an Indiana signee and son of former Kentucky guard James Blackmon, scored 23 points in the first half as Indiana claimed its 12th straight victory in the series.
Blackmon became just the fourth player in the history of the series to score more than 40 points, joining George McGinnis, Jim McDaniels and Oscar Robertson.
Blackmon made 13 of 25 shots, including 4 of 9 behind the 3-point arc, and also made 11 free throws on 13 attempts.
"The coaching staff told me to be aggressive the whole game from the start and that's what I did," Blackmon said. "There was definitely a lot of pressure. We just wanted to keep the winning streak going."
Indiana coach David Benter wasn't surprised by Blackmon's performance.
"He was real special," he said. "It's just one of those special performances that a fan can sit back and enjoy."
Tevon Bluiett added 18 points for Indiana while Bryant McIntosh scored 13 and Zach Roberts added 11.
Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, Quentin Snider, who will begin his college career at Louisville this fall, led Kentucky with 37 points. Snider made five of Kentucky's six 3-pointers in the first half.
Trey Lyles, a Kentucky signee and Indiana's Mr. Basketball, didn't play because of meningitis and didn't make the trip to Lexington.
The Indiana girls' All-Star basketball team defeated Kentucky 83-70 in the opening game of a doubleheader. The home and home series resumes Saturday night in Indianapolis.
Ana Owens scored 26 points to lead Indiana's girls. The Cincinnati signee made 9 of 15 field goals and scored 10 in the second half as Indiana pulled away from its border rival. Indiana led 42-35 at halftime.
"You could tell early she had that little bounce to her," Indiana coach Eric Thornton said. "She can slow up on a dime and she can get to the rim. She's just so skilled in every way possible."
Whitney Jennings, Indiana's Miss Basketball and an Iowa signee, added 21 points.
Owens said her motivation was simply getting the win. Thornton called the backcourt tandem of Owens and Jennings a "two-headed monster."
"We wanted to beat Kentucky on their floor," Owens said. "My parents traveled three and a half hours (to the game) and I didn't want to waste their time or the coaches' time. We all traveled this far not to lose."
Javonna Layfield led Kentucky with 18 points. Danielle Lawrence followed with 13, Eriel McKee scored 12 and Kentucky Miss Basketball and Western Kentucky University signee Ivy Brown finished with 10 points.
Author: KEITH TAYLOR, Associated Press