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High school basketball: 4 games at Tech feature stars, big performances, great finishes

12:00 AM, Feb. 03, 2013 EST

Cathedral's Tiernan Cook (bottom) dives to corral a loose ball as Lake Central's Robert Ryan defends. Cathedral trailed at halftime Saturday but outscored Lake Central 46-15 in the second half to win. / Rob Goebel / The Star

A last-second game-winning shot, two of the state's highest-scoring brother combinations put on a show and the home team rallied from down five points in the final minute to win an intense nightcap.

Fans got their money's worth at Tech High School on Saturday for the four-game Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic.

It started with a 42-point explosion from James Blackmon Jr. as Fort Wayne Luers defeated East Chicago Central 79-76. His younger brother, freshman Vijay Blackmon, added 21 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter as Luers (9-6) rallied.

The younger Blackmon's steal and layup with 25 seconds left put Luers ahead to stay at 75-74.

"When (Vijay) is playing great like he is now, it makes it so much easier for me," James Blackmon said. "When he's getting his shots off, I know I'm going to be able to score because you can't stop two people. It's great to have another scorer like him."

The older Blackmon said he was plenty motivated to play against East Chicago Central sophomore Hyron Edwards, who is considered one of the top players in the country in his class. Edwards finished with 26 points, but his potential game-tying shot at the buzzer glanced off the backboard and rim.

Luers' bus arrived at Tech late due to weather, but it didn't seem to bother the Blackmon brothers.

"It was a mental thing to get ourselves ready to play right when we got here," James Blackmon said.

Cathedral 72, Lake Central 45 Cathedral trailed by four points at halftime but turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to win going away.

Sophomore Jalen Coleman scored 14 points to lead four Cathedral players in double figures. Justin Baker added 13 and Mo Evans and Garrett Hall each had 11.

Lake Central (10-6) led 30-26 at halftime but made just five field goals the rest of the game.

"Our guys came out in the second half with a completely different sense of urgency," Cathedral coach Andy Fagan said.

The Irish (14-5) have now won eight games in a row.

Pike 72, Fort Wayne Northrop 68 Zavier Turner is becoming an old hat at game-winning shots.

For the second time this season, the 5-9 senior guard drained a last-second shot to give Pike a victory. His 16-foot jumper from the right wing with 1.7 seconds left broke a 68-all tie.

"I got the ball screen with about 6 seconds left (from Taishaun Johnson) and went from there," Turner said. "I know if it wasn't for that screen, I wouldn't have been able to get that shot off. It was just a midrange, extended elbow shot that I feel comfortable shooting and work on. Coach drew the play up, and I knocked it down."

The Ball State-bound Turner, who also made a last-second shot to defeat Columbus North, finished with 18 points. He made two free throws after a Northrop turnover with 1 second left.

Jordan Pickett scored 17 points, 15 in the second half, and Trey Patterson added 16 points and seven rebounds.

Purdue recruit Bryson Scott led Northrop (15-5) with 30 points and 14 rebounds and brother Brenton Scott (Indiana State) added 27 points.

Class 4A fifth-ranked Pike improved to 16-2.

Tech 65, Warren Central 59, OT Class 4A sixth-ranked Tech rallied from a five-point deficit in the final minute of regulation in a physical, intense game.

Jeremie Tyler hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left from the top of the key to tie it at 59.

Junior standout Trey Lyles led Tech (16-3) with 22 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.

Indiana recruit Devin Davis led Warren Central (9-7) with 26 points. The Warriors didn't make a 3-point shot.

Leo Williams and Tyler each had 15 points for the Titans, who had lost two of three coming in.



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