By Andy Graham
PENDLETON — Monday’s near-famine became Wednesday’s feast for Indiana University fans hoping to see future Hoosiers shine in the Indiana All-Star Senior-Junior scrimmage games.
All five of the IU-bound players featured in Wednesday’s 121-96 Senior boys’ win over the Juniors strutted their considerable stuff, and none more so than Park Tudor standout guard Yogi Ferrell.
Ferrell and future IU teammate Jeremy Hollowell had a co-team-high 14 points apiece to lead a very balanced Senior attack, with Ferrell hitting 6 of 8 shots from the field, including a couple of circus-caliber lane layups. He added eight assists against just two turnovers (his customary ratio), seven rebounds and a steal.
“Tonight felt a lot better, to our coaches and everybody else,” Ferrell said afterward. “I thought things came together for the team tonight. And, personally, I just tried to slow down a bit out there and pick my opportunities better.”
The Senior stars had 19 assists but 20 turnovers in Monday’s ragged 104-97 win at Seymour, but had 12 assists against just two turnovers by halftime Wednesday (finishing with 23 assists and nine errors). They also had allowed the Juniors just two offensive rebounds by intermission, another sore spot from Monday.
“Those were two things the coaches put up on the board before the game, limiting our turnovers and their offensive rebounds,” Ferrell said. “(Warren Central junior) Devin Davis is a force on the boards.”
Davis had 13 points and seven boards for the Juniors, with future IU teammate Collin Hartman scoring 14 (showing some very deep range in sinking 3 of 6 3-point tries). Hamilton Southeastern’s Zak Irvin, a Michigan commit, led all scorers with 16 points.
Irvin’s HSE teammate, Gary Harris, started the game in full Mr. Basketball fettle, burying his team’s first two shots for the game (both 3-pointers) and assisting Nick Osborne on another 3 that gave the Seniors a 9-0 start.
The Juniors rallied to forge a 19-19 tie, but never led. Hollowell swished a 3-pointer to give his team the lead for good with 10:34 left in the half. It was 58-43, Seniors, by intermission.
All five IU recruits in the the boys’ game opened the second half on the court, and battle was well-joined.
A Davis jump-hook and a Hartman 3 got the Juniors back within 58-48 just a minute into the half, and the Juniors closed to within 67-60 when Hartman hit another 3, this time from left of the key, at the 16:40 mark.
That was the narrowest deficit for the Juniors till they closed to 103-96 with 3:30 to play on a 3 by Tony Wills of Ben Davis. But then the trio of IU-bound seniors re-entered to insure they team pulled away down the stretch.
Here’s how it went:
Ferrell strong move to the hole, 105-96.
Patterson follow shot, 107-96.
Ferrell assist to a Glenn Robinson III jam, 109-96.
Patterson steal leading to contortionist layup by Ferrell, 111-96.
Ferrell assist to Hollowell, 113-96.
Harris steal and jam, 115-96.
Patterson steal and layup, 111-96.
Patterson ended the game a couple of possessions later by passing the ball off the backboard to himself and to deliver a massive two-handed slam. Those were his 10th and 11th points.
And there was little question he and his teammates finished in style.
JUNIOR GIRLS 89, SENIOR GIRLS 78
The score was almost identical, but Wednesday’s 89-78 exhibition loss by the Indiana All-Star girls to their Junior counterparts was markedly different than Monday’s 86-75 loss at Seymour.
While the Juniors cruised home Monday night, this time the Seniors rallied from a 48-36 halftime deficit to forge a 76-76 tie before losing steam down the stretch.
The Seniors couldn’t quite overcome Taya Reimer, the 6-3 Notre Dame recruit from Hamilton Southeastern, who scored a game-high 24 points in 24 minutes. She was ably augmented by Brownsburg’s Stephanie Mavunga, the 6-3 North Carolina recruit who had 18 points in 24 minutes.
IU recruit Jocelyn Mousty of Eastern (Pekin) went scoreless for the Seniors, but had three rebounds.
The Indiana girls play their Kentucky counterparts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, with the boys’ game following. Saturday’s rematches at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis start with a 6 p.m. girls’ tipoff.