June 14, 2014 Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky vs Indiana Boys All-Star Classic
The Old University of Kentucky campus Transylvania University were hosts to the Kentucky vs Indiana All-Star game classic in Lexington, Kentucky yesterday. Analyzed Sports had the pleasure in being in attendance for this years event. What a game it was. First of all when you hear the words all-star game you perceived you’re going to see no defense, players taking plays off, and run outs for open dunks and lay-ups. For anyone who has not attended this event, it’s always a heated battle between to two border states. This game will feature players diving on the floor for loose balls, timeouts called after momentum swings, and passionate defense played by two teams wanting to beat the other rival state. This was the first of two games. The second game is held today in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kentucky boys went into the game looking to end a losing streak to the Indy All-Star boys. The last time the Kentucky Boys All-Star team beat Indiana was in 2008 when Darius Miller’s team beat Indy in Louisville 95 to 78. Indiana was playing without one of its star players as Trey Lyles was held out of the event and did not play. The story of the game yesterday was the back and forth action between Louisville commit Quentin Snider and Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. Both players represented their state well. At the half time Indy Boys led 50 – 46 and Q had 20 points while shooting 70% from the field, while James Blackmon Jr. led all scorers with 23 points. Quentin had his stroke going from deep, and was fouled twice from behind the 3 point line for a chance at two 4 point plays during the game yesterday. James Blackmon Jr. was getting to the rim easily and had his outside game on display. At the 10:10 minute mark in the 2nd half the score was 77-76 Indy by 1. Q had 28 pts and James Blackmon Jr. had 32 pts. On the next possession Blackmon Jr. hits a big 3 for his 35th point to give the Indy boys a 4 point lead 81-77. The Kentucky Boys call time-out. The pace in this game was uptempo. You had to be in shape to play this game because the pace didn’t slow down one bit. The Indy Boys stretch the lead to 9 points 89-80, but Q Snider responds with a timely 3 to cut the lead to six 83-89. As the momentum started to swing in the Kentucky boys favor, Chris Porter-Bunton gets called for a technical after he tried to snatch the ball from one of the Indy players trying to slow Kentucky from in-bounding the ball quickly. The ref overreacted on this call, but the Kentucky All Stars were still only down 4 points. With 1:57 to go Zach McRoberts hits a Big 3 in the corner to give the Indy boys a 7 point lead of 97-90. This shot ended up being the game winner in a close and competitive game. Quentin Snider finished with 37 points and James Blackmon Jr. had 41. Final Score Indy Boys 104 Kentucky Boys 94. Great game as the Final Score was not indicative in how close the game really was.