Indiana All-Stars edge Juniors, 117-113

WASHINGTON — It was Cody Zeller’s last game in the Hatchet House, the gym he has called home for the last four seasons (and his family for a full decade).

He has not lost here since his sophomore season, so it only made sense that Mr. Basketball would lead the Indiana All-Stars to a win on Monday, 117-113 over the Junior All-Stars.

Zeller had 26 points – a game-high. He had 19 rebounds – a game-high. He also had three blocks – figured out the repetition yet?

“I’ve played against a lot of those guys through AAU or during the season, but they’ve never come here to play,” Zeller said. “It’s kind of fun to just see them experience what I have experienced for the last four years.”

What they experienced was several thousands fans giving Zeller a standing ovation before the game, booing Kentucky-bound Marquis Teague during warmups and cheering just about every good play by both sides afterwards.

Austin Etherington scored eight points to help out the Indiana All-Stars, as well.

For the juniors, IU target Gary Harris scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Jeremy Hollowell played a fantastic game, scoring 15 points, pulling down five rebounds and also dishing out four assists. He went head-to-head with Zeller in the Juniors’ small lineup and did what he could – drawing Zeller out from the basket and then attacking to the rim.

Yogi Ferrell was quiet, with four points and two assists in 16 minutes. And Ron Patterson had nine points, but on 4-of-12 shooting.

These teams will play again on Wednesday, in Kokomo. They’ll lose Hollowell and five others, but gain Hanner Perea. In the Colombian-born center, the Juniors should have a match for Zeller.

 

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