Connersville’s Grant Smith was basically at his best against the Kentucky boys All-Stars Sunday afternoon, but his sterling effort wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts from defeating Indiana, 111-110, in double overtime at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Smith scored 17 points, snatched 10 rebounds, dished 4 assists and blocked 4 shots for the Indiana All-Stars, which lost to Kentucky for the first time in 18 games.
The Indiana Wesleyan-bound Smith — who started the game and played nearly 43 minutes — made 6-of-12 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, and centered 3-of-4 free throw attempts.
Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes (North Central) led Indiana with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Mack Smith (Warren Central) had 23 points and 7 boards, Sasha Stefanovic (Crown Point) scored 15 points and Jalen Adaway (Logansport) finished with 10 points and 10 caroms.
Jake Ohmer, a 6-0 guard, led Kentucky with 30 points. Terry Taylor had 22 points and 19 rebounds, DeAndre ‘Pedro’ Bradshaw racked up 16 points and 15 boards and Peyton Broughton added 10 points.
Taveion Hollingsworth, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, shot just 3-for-18 from the floor, finishing with 8 points.
Kentucky, which led by as many as 16 in the second half, got a big break with 38 seconds left when Mack Smith was assessed a controversial technical foul.
Ohmer made both free throws, giving Kentucky a 111-108 lead and possession of the ball. Indiana’s defense held but with time running out, the Hoosier stars missed a 3-pointer with Grant Smith scoring on an offensive rebound at the buzzer to establish the final score.
Both teams made 36 baskets — Indiana took 91 shots, Kentucky launched 95. The winners made 14-of-40 3 pointers; Indiana was 10-for-34 from beyond the arc.
Kentucky outrebounded Indiana, 64-61, and turned the ball over 15 times compared to Indiana’s 11 miscues.
On Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana beat Kentucky, 94-89.
Connersville head coach Kerry Brown served as an assistant coach for the Indiana team. Marty Beasley (Fort Wayne Carroll) was head coach with Culver Academy’s Mark Galloway also serving as an assistant.
Indiana: Kris Wilkes: 11-5-28; Mack Smith: 5-10-23; Grant Smith: 6-3-17; Sasha Stefanovic: 4-4-15; Jalen Adaway: 5-0-10; Jaylen Minnett: 3-0-7; Cooper Neese: 2-0-4; Kyle Mangas: 0-4-4; Michael Ertel: 0-2-2. Totals: 36-28-110. 3-pointers: Stefanovic 3; M. Smith 3; G. Smith 2; Wilkes 1; Minnett 1.
Kentucky: Jake Ohmer: 10-7-30; Terry Taylor: 8-1-22; DeAndre Bradshaw: 4-6-16; Peyton Broughton: 3-3-10; Taveion Hollingsworth: 3-2-8; James Baker: 2-2-7; Kel Livers: 2-2-6; Sean McNeil: 2-0-6; Timmy Dalton: 2-0-4; Lukas Burkman: 0-2-2. Totals: 36-25-111. 3-pointers: Taylor 5; Ohmer 3; Bradshaw 2; McNeil 2; Broughton 1; Baker 1.
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