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Indiana senior boys defeat juniors in the fieldhouse

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New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough (4) of the Indiana Seniors shoots over the Indiana Juniors’ Mabor Majak (33) from Hamilton Southeastern during Wednesday night’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse. Bumbalough had seven points, four assists, and a rebound in the Seniors’ 127-116 win.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Luke Bumbalough (4) of New Castle dishes the ball to a teammate during Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Juniors in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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The Indiana Seniors’ Luke Bumbalough (4) of New Castle buries a free throw as teammate Alex Hemenway (9) of Castle and Indiana Junior Nijel Pack (23) of Lawrence Central watch during Wednesday night’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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Indiana Senior and Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis (1) shoots a free throw as teammate Armaan Franklin (7) of Indianapolis Cathedral and Indiana Juniors Anthony Leal (24) of Bloomington South during Wednesday night’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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Indiana Senior John-Michael Mulloy (12) from Carmel makes a move against Indiana Junior Deontae Craig (14) from Culver Academies during Wednesday night’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.
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Indiana Senior Luke Bumbalough (4) of New Castle makes a lay-up for the final points of Wednesday night’s game as Indiana Junior Jake Wadding (20) from Chesterton watches.
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Indiana Senior Luke Bumbalough (4) from New Castle looks for a teammate to throw the ball to while guarded by Indiana Juniors Dre Davis (30) from Lawrence Central and Anthony Leal (24) from Bloomington South during Wednesday night’s game in New Castle Fieldhouse.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

There’s plenty of basketball talent across the Hoosier state if Wednesday night’s Indiana Juniors vs. Seniors All-Star Boys Basketball Game in New Castle Fieldhouse is any indication.

The Seniors won 127-116, but the Juniors made them work and earn the victory.

New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough and Mason Gillis were member of the winning Seniors team. Bumbalough played in the contest but Gillis did not, as he still is in the recovery mode from surgery.

Also not playing for the Seniors were Warren Central’s Jesse Bingham, who was attending his high school graduation, and East Noble’s Ali Ali, who was recovering from an injury.

This contest was two-20 minute halves for 40 minutes, just like the men’s college game.

The game has tight on the early-going. The Seniors jumped out to an 8-4 advantage only to see the Juniors go on a 9-4 run to grab a 13-12 with 16:12 remaining in the first half.

Bumbalough entered the game five seconds later after a timeout and was on the floor when the Seniors took the lead for good at 16-15 at the 14:42 mark.

Bumbalough took a seat with the Seniors leading 25-19 and their lead varied between six and eight points until Bumbalough came back in with 4:13 left in the first half and the Seniors holding a 47-40 advantage.

The two teams combined for 33 points the remainder of the half and the Seniors finally were able to grab a double-digit lead of 53-42 before settling for a 66-54 advantage at intermission.

Bumbalough hit a three-pointer for the Seniors in the opening half, missed his only other shot, and has a steal and an assist.

“It was great playing here again in front of the fans from New Castle,” Bumbalough said after the game, “and it was nice getting the win. But we’re going to have to play better if we’re going to beat Kentucky. We missed some assignments and some block-outs. We’ll go back to practice and work on those things and come back and be ready to play Kentucky.”

Every player for the Seniors who stepped on the court in the first half scored. Leading the way were Indiana Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis of Center Grove with 11 points, and Dawand Jones and Jalen Windham, both from Ben Davis, with nine and eight points, respectively.

The Juniors also shared the wealth in the first 20 minutes of play, 10 of them scored. Culver Academies’ Trey Galloway, Lawrence Central’s Dre Davis, and Hamilton Southeastern’s Mabor Majak led the way for thr Juniors in the first half with eight points apiece, and Anthony Leal from Bloomington South added seven.

The Seniors roared out of the gate at the start of the second half, scoring the first six points to build a 72-54 advantage at the 18:14 mark.

Bumbalough came re-entered the game with the Seniors ahead 78-62, and they added two more points to their advantage for an 83-65 lead, which natched the largest one of the night. Bumbalough exited with the Seniors holding a 15-point lead.

The Senior lead reached 18 points one more time at 88-70 before the media timeout with 11:50 remaining in the game. The Juniors chopped their deficit to 91-80 before the Seniors went on a little surge to take a 108-93 lead with 5:42 left in the contest.

Bumbalough re-entered exactly one minute later and finished the game on the floor. During that last segment of play, Bumbalough buried two free throws at the 3:28 mark and hit a lay-up six seconds before the final horn.

Bumbalough’s stat line for the game was seven points, four rebounds, and an assist.

The Juniors did trim the Seniors’ lead under double digits to nine points at 117-108 with 2:03 remaining, but got no closer and the Seniors settled for the 11-point victory at 127-116.

Lawrence Central’s Nijel Pack and Mishawaka Marian’s Jaden Ivey led the Juniors in scoring in the second half with 12 points apiece, while Valparaiso’s Brandon Newman scored 12 to lead the Seniors in the final 20 minutes of play.

The Juniors actually out-rebounded the Seniors 56-47 and committed one more turnover than their opponents.

The Seniors finished the game shooting 48-for-89 (53.9 percent) from the field, including 14-of-33 (42.4 percent) from three-point territory, and were 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the charity stripe.

Eight Seniors scored in double digits. Jackson-Davis led the way with 16 points, followed by Newman and Indianapolis Cathedral’s Armaan Franklin with 15 points apiece, Windham 14, Jones 12, Lawrence Central’s Jake LaRavia and Carmel’s John-Michael Mulloy with 11 each, and Zionsville’s Isaiah Thompson with 10.

The Seniors also were well-balanced in rebounding, as Newman and Jones led with six apiece, Jackson-Davis and Franklin (who will be IU teammates next season) five each, and four players had four boards apiece.

The Juniors finished the game shooting 46-of-98 (46.9 percent), including 14-of-37 (37.8 percent) from behind the arc, but were just 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) on free throws.

Six Juniors scored in double figures. Pack led the way with 17 points, followed by Dre Davis with 16, Ivey 15, Galloway 13, Chesterton’s Jake Wadding 11, and Majak 10. Pack and Gary 21st Century’s Johnell Davis led the Juniors in rebounding with eight apiece, Majak had seven, and five other players had five or four apiece.

Gillis said his recovery is going along fine.

“Things are going along fine,” Gillis said. “It was a little slow at first, but I’ll be ready to play at Purdue starting this fall.”

Indiana Seniors 127, Indiana Juniors 116

INDIANA JUNIORS (116)

Nijel Pack 6-10 1-2 17, Anthony Leal 3-8 0-0 7, Trey Galloway 5-9 3-4 13, Dre Davis 6-12 3-4 16, Jaden Ivey 5-14 1-2 15, Johnell Davis 3-10 0-0 7, Charlie Yoder 1-7 1-4 3, Deontae Craig 4-5 0-0 9, Chris Grubbs 4-7 0-4 8, Mabor Majak 5-7 0-1 10. Jake Wadding 4-9 2-2 11. Totals 46-98 10-19 116.

INDIANA SENIORS (127)

Trayce Jackson-Davis 7-10 2-4 16, Brandon Newman 4-6 4-4 15, Isaiah Thompson 4-8 0-0 10, Armaan Franklin 6-14 2-2 15, Jake LaRavia 4-6 2-3 11, Luke Bumbalough 2-4 2-2 7, Ethan Brittain-Watts 1-5 0-0 2, Jalen Windham 5-9 0-0 14, Cobie Barnes 4-7 0-0 8, John-Michael Mulloy 4-7 2-2 11, Alex Hemenway 2-6 1-1 6, Dawand Jones 5-7 2-3 12. Totals 48-89 17-21 127.

Indiana Juniors 54 62 -116

Indiana Seniors 66 61 -127

3-point goals – Indiana Juniors 14 (Pack 4, Ivey 4, Leal, D. Davis, J. Davis, Yoder, Craig, Wadding), Indiana Seniors 14 (Windham 4, Newman 3, Thompson 2, Franklin, LaRavia, Bumbalough, Mulloy, Hemenway). Rebounds – Indiana Juniors 56 (Pack 8, J. Davis 8, Majak 7, Leal 5, Ivey 5, Galloway 4, D. Davis 4, Craig 4), Indiana Seniors 47 (Newman 6, Jones 6, Jackson-Davis 5, Franklin 5, LaRavia 4, Windham 4, Mulloy 4, Hemenway 4). Total fouls – Indiana Juniors 17, Indiana Seniors 18. Turnovers – Indiana Juniors 14, Indiana Seniors 13.