James Blackmon Jr. just missed on sending the McDonald’s All-American game into overtime Wednesday night.
The Indiana recruit’s leaning 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds to play didn’t fall as the West defeated the East 105-102 in Chicago’s United Center.
The former Bishop Luers standout, who transferred to Marion when his father – James Blackmon – took the coaching job there, scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half.
Jahlil Okafor scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 points for the West.
Justin Jackson, who shared co-MVP honors with Okafor, led the East with 23 points. The North Carolina commit was 11-of-14 shooting.
Tyus Jones made a 3 with 1:46 left to get the East within 99-98 and his fadeaway baseline jumper gave the East a short-lived lead at 103-102 with 47.7 left, but his future Duke teammate gave the West the lead back for a good with a dunk with 40 seconds left.
Trey Lyles, a Camby native, had eight points and eight rebounds. The Arsenal Tech standout was one of four Kentucky recruits playing in the game.
WEST 80, EAST 78: In Chicago, Brianna Turner came up with the big shot and a big stop when her team needed it.
The Notre Dame-bound star hit a jumper with 53 seconds left to lift the West in the 13th annual McDonald’s All-America girls basketball game.
Turner earned MVP honors with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The basket came off a pass from Jordin Canada, who will be headed to UCLA next year. It was the seventh assist of the game for her which broke former Duke star Jasmine Thomas’ record.
Jordin was driving and I tried to scoot to the open spot and she dished it to me and I made it.
The East had a few chances in the closing seconds, but Turner blocked a shot and Jatarie White’s foul-line jumper missed with 9 seconds left. Canada came away with the rebound. She had turned it over a few seconds earlier giving the East the chance for the tying shot.
I was mad I turned the ball over, Canada said. I had to get back on defense, try to get the rebound.
Tennessee signee Jaime Nared led the West with 15 points.
Shakayla Thomas, who will head to Florida State next year, led the East with 19 points.
The West won despite going 0 for 20 from behind the 3-point line.
Who would have thought that, West coach Randy Napier said. Watching them in practice if you told me they’d go 0 for 20, I’d say you’re nuts. This group can shoot the ball. The defense had a little bit to do with that as well.
Consensus high school player of the year A’ja Wilson had 10 points and nine rebounds for the East. She is still undecided with her college choice, narrowing it down to North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Connecticut. Wilson has said she’ll announce her decision on April 16.
Wilson competed in the dunk contest Monday but failed to convert one in her two 45-second chances.
WAWASEE 9, WABASH 8: At Wawasee, Drew Anderson and Nate Prescott each hit a double with Prescott driving in two runs and Anderson scoring twice to lead the Warriors. Anderson also struck out three in two innings to pick up the win.