1 for 3: Great in baseball, decent in championship games

Three IU recruits played in their state championship basketball games this week, but only future Hoosier left the floor victorious.

Playing on one of the largest stages Indiana basketball has to offer, Eric Gordon and North Central fell to East Chicago Central in the State 4A Finals, 87-83. Gordon finished the game with 25 points on 8-16 shooting and six rebounds.

Although Gordon had his fair share of impressive plays, he was slightly overshadowed by the play of East Chicago’s E’Twaun Moore, who led all scorers with 28 points. Gordon will get an opportunity to avenge his state championship loss against Moore soon though — he is a future Boilermaker.

Gordon will be back in action Wednesday night in the McDonalds All-American game in Louisville, KY. Hopefully, Chris and I will be there to cover the action.

Also falling in their championship game was Chipola’s Jamarcus Ellis and DeAndre Thomas. The two IU recruits performed exceptionally, but were never really in contention, losing 91-75 to Midland CC.

Thomas had his best performance in weeks, finishing with 22 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes. The Chicago native was paticularly efficent, shooting 10-13 from the field and 2-3 from the free throw line.

Ellis, the Panhandle Conference’s Player of the Year, led his team with 28 points. The IU recruit was was 6-12 from the field and converted 12-14 free throw attempts.

Although the 2007 class was most likely left unsatisfied, the 2008 class was more fortunate, thanks to Bud Mackey.

The Scott County star led his team to their second straight state championship with a victory over Ballard, 56-50.

Playing in Rupp Arena, Mackey had 22 points, including 11 of his team’s 16 points in the fourth quarter.