The Indiana All-Stars are looking to dominate Kentucky, winning for the sixth time in a row
OWENSBORO, Ky. – Indiana dropped to nine players in Friday vs. Kentucky All-Stars at Owensboro Sportscenter.
In this case, nine was enough – more than enough.
Indiana was shaken, shaken and rushed to victory 104-77 in Kentucky which started with a lot of effort on self-defense. It is the sixth consecutive victory in Indiana, which is 23-2 against Kentucky since 2009 on the annual list that puts the top players from each region.
“Obviously we want to win,” said Pete Suder of Carmel. “But we wanted to win by more than 20 points. That was our main goal. We had a lot of guards so we wanted to fly and kick the ball, change defense, and then push on the switch. “
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Indiana goes to sweep Saturday at Southport Fieldhouse. If the game is like Friday, Kentucky will have trouble keeping up.
CJ Gunn of Lawrence North, an employee of Indiana, led the right attack with 20 points. Rike Conwell of Pike filled the numbers with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. In all, seven of the nine Indiana players finished twice.
“The first time we met I said, ‘I’ll say 85 times from now until Saturday, but we have to play great defense because of our size,” said Chad Johnston, Indiana’s South Bend Adams coach. . “When we play defense and come back, we will win. I said, ‘Give me 25 or 30 minutes of defense and then we will do what you want to do like a shot.’ They did buy it in a short period of time, which is not the case with their high school coaches. ”
Indiana jumped 15-5 and 35-15 in the first half and were not much of a threat. Kentucky was stunned by Indiana’s defense, with 20 turns leading to 30 points – several of them at dunks. Indiana defeated Kentucky 33-5 on the runners-up map.
“We don’t care too much about how they play,” Conwell said of Kentucky. “It just depends on how we play. If we play defensively, play hard and play together, it will be better. “
The Indiana All-Stars, when they were 14 players, dropped to nine players following a catastrophic strike Wednesday with Central Noble’s Connor Essegian in a game against the Junior All-Stars at Mt. Vernon. The Wisconsin writer has not made a trip to Owensboro, but is expected to join them in Southport, though he will not play.
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Cathedral’s Tayshawn Comer did not make the trip after leaving camp at Marian University early Thursday due to a family crisis. All-Stars boss Mike Broughton and Johnston said he hopes Comer can play on Saturday, but understand if that is not the case.
This loss was in addition to Mr. Basketball player Braden Smith, who went through the heat and cheering from the bench Saturday as he recovers from foot surgery, Tae Davis of Warren Central (at Seton Hall school) and Jalen Washington of Gary West Side (who missed the season with a knee injury) .
“(Comer) is my man and I wish he was here,” Conwell said. “But we had some guys like (Travis) Grayson and Branden (Northern) who came up and played really well. We’re all very good players – very good in our high schools – so we can all play.”
Suder helped establish his tone with two frustrating rebounds and a rebound in the first few minutes and improved the defensive side. He finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds and five steals within 20 minutes. Grayson of Chesterton had 12 points, six rebounds and two assistants, Lafayette Jeff Javan Buchanan finished with 11 points and six rebounds, Jaxon Edwards of Cathedral had 10 points and 6 rebounds while Northern Cre Creek had 10 points with two assistants.
“I’ve been playing with a lot of these guys since about the third grade,” Gunn said. “So knowing (Saturday) is the last time in a single court, you just want to live at that time and enjoy it.”
Johnston said it is clear that the team is enjoying their time together, which is obviously easier to do when you have 20 points in the middle.
“Number one, winning is exciting,” Johnston said with a laugh. “It’s also been a very exciting week off the court. Getting to know these kids has been fantastic. Even Tayshawn and Connor, both looked at the team before the game. It’s a great group of kids. I’m glad I had the opportunity to coach them and be with them.”
With another high school game to go before leaving for South Florida, Conwell said a week like All-Star has been a good one. Indiana now leads the regular rankings among 102-44 teams and has won 43 of the 51 since 1996.
Conwell states: “They have been telling us about history all week long. “It’s good to hear what we’re playing.”
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INDIAN 104, KENTUCKY 77
INDIAN – Peter Suder 5-7 0-0 11, Ryan Conwell 6-13 4-4 18, Jalen Jackson 1-4 2-2 4, Jaxon Edwards 5-10 0-0 10, Javan Buchanan 5-9 0-0 11, CJ Gunn 8-18 3-4 20, Travis Grayson 5-8 0-2 12, Amhad Jarrard 3-6 2-4 8, Branden Northern 4-7 1-1 10. Number: 42-82 12-17 104.
KENTUCKY – Turner Buttry 2-6 2-2 7, Jaiden Lawrence 1-5 0-0 3, Andrew Mason 0-2 2-2 2, Mitchell Rylee 8-13 8-14 24, Jabrion Spikes 2-9 1-2 5, James Jewell 1-2 0-4 3, Kennedy Hayden 1-4 1-2 3, Sam Powell 7-9 0-1 17, Darien Lewis 1-3 1-2 3, Jay Milburn 1-5 2-2 4, Cade Stinnett 1-4 2-2 4, Gavin Stevens 1-1 0-0 3. Number: 26-63 19-33 77.
3-points: Indiana 8-19 (Grayson 2, Conwell 2, Suder, Buchanan, Gunn, Northern); Kentucky 6-17 (Powell 3, Buttry, Lawrence, Stevens); Return: Indiana 44 (Conwell 10), Kentucky 41 (Rylee 6); Supports: Indiana 22 (Conwell 5, Jarrard 5); Kentucky 15 (Buttery 6); Changes: Indiana 7, Kentucky 20.