OWENSBORO, Ky. — Disappointed. Dejected. Frustrated.
Those are just a few words Indiana All-Star coach Don Carlisle used after the Kentucky All-Stars dominated most of Friday night’s game at the Owensboro Sportscenter, let the lead slip away, then dropped the hammer for a 94-90 victory.
“They are a great transition team,” Carlisle said of the Kentucky All-Stars. “We knew it. Two guys were supposed to be back … and we just didn’t make shots.”
Indiana All-Star Markus Burton (1) rushes up the court Wednesday, June 7, 2023, during the Indiana All-Stars vs. Juniors boys game at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.
Kentucky landed the first punch. And the second. And the third. The Indiana All-Stars trailed by scores of 14-0, 22-3 and 32-14 early in the game as Kentucky filled the lanes and seemingly scored at will. The Indiana All-Stars said after the game they were not surprised by Kentucky’s athleticism, but it certainly seemed to catch them off guard.
“Chip on your shoulder,” said Owen County’s Teagan Moore, a Western Kentucky recruit. “That’s how we play.”
The Indiana All-Stars played catch up all night, trailing by 12 at halftime. The lead ballooned back to 20 points and was a healthy 77-58 advantage with 7 minutes remaining. That’s when things got wild.
“The energy was do or die,” Zionsville’s Logan Imes said. “You are doing everything you can to get back in the game.”
The Indiana All-Stars ramped up the defensive pressure and finally started making shots. In a blink, the All-Stars ripped off a 20-0 run. Imes hit back-to-back 3s to bring Indiana within 77-71, then Mason Jones scored, IndyStar Mr. Basketball Markus Burton drilled a 3-pointer and then scored again.
Indiana, after struggling all night, suddenly led 78-77. The All-Stars pushed it to 82-79 on an alley-oop from Burton to Myles Colvin with 3:08 left.
“We started hitting shots,” Imes said. “Unfortunately for us, we couldn’t sustain it for the last couple minutes.”
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Publish date : 2023-06-10 09:26:33
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