Tipton, IN | In what started off in a blaze of points, three-pointer followed by three-pointer, turned into a Senior blowout late in the first half and again into the second before a 136-111 victory for the Seniors.
Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. led all scorers with 26 points for the Junior squad. Zak Irvin led the Seniors with 21 points. It was a balanced effort for both teams as 13 players scored in double digits.
To go along with James Blackmon Jr., Indiana commits Collin Hartman and Darius Latham scored 14 and 8 respectively. Hartman and Latham also pulled down 6 boards each.
Purdue recruits, Basil Smotherman and Bryson Scott scored 6 and 17 respectively. Scott was the top performer of the two as he helped to pull away from the Juniors early in the second half.
Seniors play the Kentucky All-Stars in Louisville on Friday night at Freedom Hall beginning at 5:30. Boys follow the girl’s game. They will be in Indianapolis on Saturday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse at the same times.
Best Matchup: Zak Irvin vs. Trevon Bluiett
This was an interesting choice. It was either Zak Irvin against Trevon Bluiett or Darius Latham vs. Trevon Bluiett. Latham showed out tonight a couple times but Irvin was a great, interesting matchup for Bluiett.
Both guys played really well. Irvin’s length made it difficult for Bluiett to guard him when they were matched up. Zak was able to just shoot right over him. However, Irvin stayed on the perimeter more than maybe he would have liked as Bluiett was able to cut down the drives to the basket.
On the other end, Bluiett struggled to get things going in the first half as he settled for threes rather than getting into the lane. As the game progressed, Bluiett was able to find holes and get to the bucket. He finished with only 12 points but they were hard earned.
Game MVP: Zak Irvin
Irvin played a fantastic game. He didn’t do too much but was solid from start to finish and was able to score early to give the Seniors a cushion to work with. His length proved to be his defining skill yet again as he was able to shoot over anyone that tried to guard him.
Irvin proved that he was deserving of the Mr. Basketball title. Demetrius Jackson, Bryson Scott, and others played well but Zak’s ability to be consistent from game to game, minute to minute, was the difference.
Zak Irvin even got a little love from fellow Wolverine, Glenn Robinson Jr. Robinson was in attendance tonight to support Zak and fellow Lake Central standout, Tyler Wideman. Irvin said he looks forward to getting up to Ann Arbor and working with the team
Surprising Performances: Tyler Wideman and V.J. Beachem
Two guys really stood out tonight. Tyler Wideman of Lake Central was fantastic in the first half. It may have been the best performance he has had in a while grabbing 9 board, 8 offensive. He was fighting for every loose ball and was able to finish through contact a few times. Wideman ended with 13 points and 10 rebounds
Wideman also did well to get out in transition. The big man from St. John, IN was giving great effort on both ends of the court. It faded a bit in the second but overall, this was a game to remember for Wideman.
As for Beachem, the Notre Dame recruit was hitting everything. V.J. Beachem had 18 points for the game. His skill set allowed him to make plays out on the wing and was good in the lane as well.
Much like Zak Irvin, Beachem’s length was the biggest factor as the Junior’s didn’t have anyone to combat the long arms of the two seniors. Notre Dame will love the skills of the 6-7 senior.