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June 8, 2013
Blackmon leads Indiana to comeback win
James Blackmon Jr. scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Indiana Junior All-Stars to a 108-102 overtime win over the Kentucky Junior All-Stars. The game played at Greenfield (Ind.) Central High School was the first ever match-up between the two state's Junior All-Stars.Indiana commit
Indiana fought back from an 11-point second half deficit to force the extra period. Rivals.com 4-star wing Trevon Bluiett of Indianapolis Park Tudor added 17 points.
Blackmon Jr. hit a pair of second half treys and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
For the future Hoosier, it just took time to adjust to the format and new teammates.
"Especially with the five-man switches it takes awhile to get together, but once we got going as a team it was great," said Blackmon Jr. "I got it going and the coach had the confidence in me (to stay in)."
For head coach Brent Chitty, it wasn't a hard decision to leave the 6-foot-3 combo guard in the game for most of the second half.
"For me it was," said Chitty. "He got warmed up and he did the same thing in practice. We only got to see them one day but in practice he started out slow but by the second practice we had, it was like okay...You guys kind of saw it (tonight)."
Kentucky was without a couple key players, Louisville commit Quentin Snider and power forward Shane Hall. A late addition to the team, Chris Cunningham of Lexington Henry Clay led the team with 20 points and Justin Johnson of Perry County Central had 18 points. Johnson was a big reason the visitors led throught the first half.
In the girls game Iowa commit Whitney Jennings of Logansport had 23 points to lead Indiana to a 79-67 victory.
Both the girls and boys teams go at it again in Louisville tonight at St. Xavier High School. The girls game will tip at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Here are the scoring boxes for the teams last night:
Indiana (108) - Blackmon 27, McIntosh 10, Coleman 3, McCall 9, Bluiett 17, Lyle 0, Lyles 6, Korn 12, Persons 6, Evans 3, Mercer 9, Wideman 6
Kentucky (102) - Bach 4, Burns 8, Davis 12, Gilbert 5, Cunningham 20, Shelton 2, Green 7, Grundy 10, Johnson 18, Martin 16
Indiana (79) - Fincher 3, Goodall 2, Grose 8, Olson 2, Moore 2, Buck 5, Heath 2, Kirkhoff 17, Jennings 23, Muensterman 8, Brown 1, Smith 6
Kentucky (67) - Castle 1, Owings 4, Brown 10, Cooley 4, Futscher 5, Kierman 2, McKee 14, Potter 7, Wheeler 5, Cann 0, Lawrence 7, Smith 8