Snow and ice postponed some games in the Hoosier state this weekend, but there were other great performances across the state from the likes of Trevon Bluiett, Trey Lyles, James Blackmon Jr., etc. We look at that and more in today’s news and notes from across the state of Indiana…


Tech Bounces Back
Arsenal Tech of Indianapolis entered the season with high expectations. They have Kentucky bound senior forward Trey Lyles along with Ball State signees Jeremie Tyler and Rashaun Richardson. Those expectations were reduced after they struggled in their opener against Warren Central then lost to a Davon Dillard-less Bowman Academy.

Aresenal Tech bounced back in a big way this weekend with national wins over Ballard (Ky.) and Huntington Prep (W.Va.) at the Marshall County Hoopfest. Trey Lyles broke the school scoring record as well on Saturday. Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on hand to see Lyles.

Bluiett-Blackmon Scoring Battle
James Blackmon Jr. and Trevon Bluiett were teammates on the club circuit for Spiece Indy Heat the last few years. They are now battling (along with Trey Lyles) for Indiana Mr. Basketball. Both are dynamic shooters and scorers. Neither player will allow the other to overshadow their own performance. It will be a season long scoring contest. This weekend Trevon Bluiett had 35 points and 12 rebounds in a blow out win, while James Blackmon Jr. had 39 points in a loss to Lawrence North. This will be fun duel to watch as the season develops.

Brown on Scoring Rampage
Speaking of scoring, Harris Brown has scored 100 points in his last two games. The Loyola bound junior scored 49 points against Irvington Prep then put 51 on Indianapolis Washington Saturday. The competition was not great, but scoring that much against any team is very impressive!

Great Start for King
Bowman Academy has only played two games thus far, but senior Justin King is off to a fantastic start. King did a great job against Trey Lyles and Indianapolis Tech in Bowman's opener. King finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Saturday, King scored 27 points to carry Bowman over Andrean. The game ended up being a 40 point victory, but it was a competitive game at the half. Bowman needs this type of production from King all season if they are going to challenge for a 3A state title.

Hyron Edwards had a great weekend for East Chicago Central as they collected two wins. Edwards posted games of 35 and 23 points against South Bend Clay and Lowell, respectively. East Chicago Central has more pieces around Edwards this year. They are a much improved team this season.

Intense Rivalry
Greensburg against Batesville is one of the best rivalries in the state. Crowds fill the gym hours before the game begins. Greensburg has dominated the series, but they have all been great games the last few years. Greensburg defeated Batesville 62-55 on Saturday night behind 17 points and 14 rebounds from senior forward Sean Sellers.

Hamilton Southeastern
Hamilton Southeastern has had the previous two Indiana Mr. Basketballs. They did not get out of the first round of the state playoffs either year though. Hamilton Southeastern does not have a mega-star this season, but they look poised for a good season. They are currently 3-0 after defeating Pendleton Heights on Saturday.

Same Old Greyhounds
Michael Volovic was the heart and soul of the back to back state champion teams for Carmel. Some were wondering if Carmel would continue their high-level of play this season after his graduation. Yes seems to be the answer so far. Carmel is using the same recipe of great defense and efficient offense to beat talented teams. Vermont bound forward Zach McRoberts exploded for 28 points on Saturday.

Lawrence North Opening Win
Lawrence North started the season off with a great win Saturday at Marion. Marion is expected to be one of the top teams in the state this year. Lawrence North went into a packed Marion gym (capacity 7,500+) and left with a victory. Wisconsin-Green Bay bound Daeshon Francis led them with 18 points. Lawrence North should be a balanced and athletic team this year.

The Tip-Off Classic at Southport High School is set for December 14th . It will feature many top Indiana high school teams. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and will have four games. Set to be at the event are Bloomington South, East Chicago Central, Columbus North, Cathedral, Brebeuf Jesuit, Southport, Greensburg, and North Central.

Top prospects in the event are Eron Gordon, Kris Wilkes, Antonio Singleton, Paul Scruggs, Joey Brunk, Malik Bennett, Bryant McIntosh, Sean Sellers, Ryan Welage, P.J. Thompson, Adam Kroot, Trey Landers, Collin Barthel, Justin Baker, Matt Gregory, Elliott Welmer, Josh Speidel, Evan Henry, Hyron Edwards, Damien Jefferson, Keaton Hendricks, Tucker Blackwell, and many others.

The annual middle school tournament will enter its 4th year and will once again feature some of the top middle school teams in the Midwest. The tournament offers a 3 game guarantee while using a pool play and single elimination playoff format. There are multi-team discounts available for programs and the tournament is covered online by NY2LASPORTS.COM and GENERATIONNEXTBASKETBALL.COM.  For additional details and registration information on the 2014 Holiday Hoopfest CLICK HERE

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