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Hoosier boys romp past Bluegrass boys in Indy

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Indiana Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis (1) of Center Grove wins the opening tip against Kentucky’s Isaiah Cozart (9) from Madison Central during Saturday night’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Boys All-Star Basketball Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Jackson-Davis scored a game-high 17 points in Indiana’s 120-74 victory.
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Indiana’s Luke Bumbalough (4) from New Castle buries a three-pointer in the first half in front of Kentucky’s David Johnson (10) from Louisville Trinity to put the Hoosier boys up 42-26 during Saturday night’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Boys All-Star Basketball Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Bumbalough had six points, two assists, a steal, and a rebound in Indiana’s 120-74 victory.
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Indiana’s Dawand Jones (13) of Ben Davis scores two points over Kentucky’s Isaiah Cozart (9) from Madison Central during Saturday night’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Boys Basketball Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Jones, who scored 10 points, will be playing football for Ohio State University in the fall.
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Indiana’s Luke Bumbalough (4) from New Castle brings the ball up the floor against Kentucky’s KyKy Tandy (2) from University Heights during Saturday night’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Boys All-Star Basketball Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Bumbalough hit his second three-pointer of the game a few seconds after this photo was taken and Indiana won 120-74.
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Kentucky’s TreVon Smith (4)of Taylor County drives between Indiana’s Luke Bumbalough (6) of New Castle and Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis (1) of Caneter Grove during Saturday night’s Indiana vs. Kentucky Boys Basketball All-Star Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS — After rolling past the Kentucky Boys 97-64 Friday night at Bellarmine University in Louisville, the Indiana Boys Basketball All-Star Team was going for the sweep Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Hoosier boys achieved the sweep in impressive fashion.

After settling for a 49-36 lead after the first 20 minutes, Indiana erupted for 71 points in the second half to record a 120-74 romp past the Bluegrass boys.

This was a record-setting performance on two fronts. The 120 points scored by Indiana was the most for either side in the series that goes back to 1940. Also, the 46-point margin of victory was the largest in series history. 

Kentucky was playing without its No. 1 player, 6-6 Mr. Basketball Dontaie Allen of Pendleton County, who had averaged 42.9 ppg during the regular season and will be taking his talents to the University of Kentucky this fall.

But with the wealth of talent Indiana had on its team this year, it’s doubtful that Allen, had he played, would have reversed this outcome.

The Hoosier boys did not jump out to the 19-4 advantage they enjoyed during Friday night’s game. Kentucky kept it close early-on and trailed just 8-7 at the first timeout at the 15:52 mark of the first half.

Indiana’s Ethan Brittain-Watts from Culver Academy hit two free throws at the 11:54 mark for a 23-13 lead and New Castle’s Luke Bumbalough made his first appearance on the floor at that time.

The lead for the Hoosier boys varied between nine and 13 points for the next several minutes, and then Bumbalough hit a three-pointer 3:30 before halftime to expand the Indiana lead to 42-26.

“We really wanted the sweep,” Bumbalough said after the game. “After last night’s win, we wanted to make a statement that we were one of the best All-Star teams Indiana has had, and I think our win tonight might have showed that we are. We have a lot of talent on this team and it doesn’t really matter who plays a lot or scores as long as we win.”

Bumbalough took a seat shortly thereafter and the Bluegrass boys outscored Indiana 10-7 during the remaining minutes of the first half, but the Hoosier boys still held a comfortable 49-36 lead at intermission.

In the first half, Indiana was 19-of-43 (44.2 percent) from the field, 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from three-point land, and 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) on free throws.

Kentucky countered with 11-of-36 (30.6 percent) from the floor, 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) behind the arc, and 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the charity stripe.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Trayce Jackson-Davis from Center Grove led his team in scoring in the opening 20 minutes with 11 points, and David Johnson from Louisville Trinity led the Bluegrass boys with nine points.

In the first four minutes of the second half, Indiana outscored Kentucky 11-3 to grab its first lead of 20 points or more, 60-39.

The Bluegrass boys scored the next basket, but the Hoosier boys proceeded to outscore Kentucky 19-7 over the next 3:31 to boost their advantage over 30 points to 79-48 with 12:01 left in the contest.

Had Indiana not scored another point, it still had enough to win the game. However, the Hoosier boys kept pouring it on, and Bumbalough re-entered the contest with 9:44 remaining and Indiana ahead 88-53.

The Hoosier boys reached the century mark with 6:02 left on a Jackson-Davis free throw that made the score 100-62. Bumbalough made a steal and a bit later buried his second trey of the game to put Indiana up by more than 40 points at 107-66 with 4:48 remaining in the contest.

“I’m really looking forward to playing at Ball State,” Bumbalough added. “They play a brand of basketball that I like and I hope I can go in and contribute a lot as a freshman. I’ll do anything they ask, whether it’s scoring, rebounding, or passing the ball, to help us win.”

Bumbalough added a couple of assists before leaving the game with 2:08 remaining. Bumbalough’s stat line was six points, two assists, a rebound, and a steal.

Indiana’s Dawand Jones from Ben Davis made the game’s last bucket for the final 120-74 score, which was the largest lead of the contest.

Indiana outrebounded Kentucky 53-41 and committed just eight turnovers in the contest compared to 20 for the Bluegrass boys.

The Hoosier boys sizzled in the second half, shooting 24-for-37 (64.9 percent) from the field and 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) on three-pointers, plus 18-of-26 from the charity stripe. Their final numbers were 43-of-80 (53.8 percent) from the floor, 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) from behind the arc, and 25-of-37 (67.6 percent) on free throws.

Indiana was very well-balanced with every player scoring at least four points. Five finished with double figures in scoring. Jackson-Davis led the way with 17 points, Jalen Windham of Ben Davis had 16, Carmel’s John-Michael Mulloy 12, and Jones and Castle’s Alex Hemenway had 10 apiece.

Lawrence Central’s Jake LaRavia led the Hoosier boys in rebounding with nine boards, Jackson-Davis had eight, Warren Central’s Jesse Bingham six, and Floyd Central’s Cobie Barnes five.

Kentucky finished the game shooting 26-of-74 (35.1 percent) from the field, 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from three-point territory, and 15-of-18 (83.3 percent) from the free throw line.

Three Bluegrass boys scored in double digits. TreVon Smith from Taylor County tallied 13 points, Johnson 12, and Reid Jolly from Campbell County 11.

Jolly led Kentucky on the boards with a game-high 11 rebounds and Isaiah Cozart from Madison Central had six.

Indiana Boys 120, Kentucky Boys 74

KENTUCKY BOYS (74)

KyKy Tandy 4-12 0-0 9, Reid Jolly 5-10 1-2 11, J.J. Kalakon 2-5 0-0 4, Isaiah Cozart 3-7 1-1 7, David Johnson 3-6 4-4 12, Blake Butler 2-7 2-2 7, Dieonte Miles 1-4 0-0 2, Max Reyes 1-3 1-2 4, TreVon Smith 3-13 6-7 13, Jordan Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Harlan 1-4 0-0 3, Jamarion Sharp 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-74 15-18 74.

INDIANA BOYS (120)

Trayce Jackson-Davis 5-9 7-13 17, Brandon Newman 1-5 1-2 4, Isaiah Thompson 4-7 0-0 9, Armaan Franklin 3-7 0-1 7, Jake LaRavia 4-6 0-0 8, John-Michael Mulloy 5-7 2-2 12, Ethan Brittain-Watts 2-3 4-5 9, Jalen Windham 6-10 3-3 16, Jesse Bingham 3-6 0-1 6, Alex Hemenway 2-4 4-4 10, Cobie Barnes 2-6 2-2 6, Luke Bumbalough 2-4 0-0 6, Dawand Jones 4-6 2-4 10. Totals 43-80 25-37 120.

Kentucky Boys 36 38 -74

Indiana Boys 49 71 -120

3-point goals – Kentucky Boys 7 (Johnson 2, Tandy, Butler, Reyes, Smith, Harlan), Indiana Boys 9 (Hemenway 2, Bumbalough 2, Newman, Thompson, Franklin, Brittain-Watts. Windham). Rebounds – Kentucky Boys 41 (Jolly 11, Cozart 6), Indiana Boys 53 (LaRavia 9, Jackson-Davis 8, Bingham 6, Barnes 5). Total fouls – Kentucky Boys 25, Indiana Boys 17. Turnovers – Kentucky Boys 20, Indiana Boys 8. Fouled out – Johnson. Records – Kentucky Boys 0-2, Indiana Boys 2-0.