INDIANAPOLIS – A sweep has been a rarity lately for the Indiana All-Stars girls team, but for the Indiana boys it’s business as usual.
The Indiana boys swept Kentucky for the sixth straight year and ran their winning streak to 13 in a row with a 111-99 win Saturday at in front of 6,520 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Indiana girls won both games of the series for the first time since 2009 with a convincing 83-56 win over Kentucky.
For the boys, Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points to go along with his 41 points Friday to give the former Bishop Luers star 64 for the two-game series. It is the third-most scored in the history of the series.
The two-game record is 76 by George McGinnis in 1969. Oscar Robertson had 75 in 1956.
That’s the first time I heard that news, and that’s great, Blackmon said. Really what I wanted to do was to come out here and get both of the wins. That’s legendary because I looked up to players like that.
Blackmon, an Indiana recruit, spent his first three years at Bishop Luers. Blackmon was named co-MVP of the game, along with Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett, who had 32 points and six rebounds.
It’s really tough to guard the both of us, Blackmon said.
Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman added 15 points and 18 rebounds.
Concordia’s D.J. McCall had 10 points and three assists as Indiana won for the 20th time in the last 21 games against Kentucky, which last won 95-78 in 2008.
The Indiana boys beat Kentucky 104-94 on Friday.
I didn’t realize how big of an ordeal this was until I finally got here, McCall said of the Indiana-Kentucky series. All of us coming together, being the best players on our high school teams and representing our state.
Honestly, I didn’t care how much I played. I just wanted to do anything I could to make sure we win to keep this now 13-game win streak (going).
Indiana got the sweep without Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles, who missed both games because of an illness.
In the girls game, Kentucky had won three of the last four coming into this year.
Indiana beat Kentucky 83-70 Friday in Lexington, Kentucky.
It was really important to win last night, and here you never want to lose your last game, especially at your place, said Indiana girls coach Eric Thornton, who is also the coach at Norwell. The kids did a great job tonight.
Homestead’s Sydney Buck and Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings from Logansport each had 14 points to lead Indiana. Jennings was named the game MVP.
Canterbury’s Kindell Fincher, who was a starter, added five points and five rebounds.
We learned off Monday’s loss (to the Junior All-Stars), and we came back tough and ready to play, Fincher said. We came out even harder than we did Friday. We came out with a lot of confidence and were ready to get out there.
Buck made 4 of 6 3-pointers.
It’s tough to get into a rhythm in games like these, so you just want to play hard, play defense and knock down open shots, Buck said.
Indiana held Kentucky to 16 of 72 shooting (22 percent). While Kentucky was struggling, Indiana was taking advantage of its superior guard play and made 8 of 18 (44 percent) of its 3-pointers.
Our guards are so skilled. That’s strength of this team, Thornton said.