Park Tudor junior forward Trevon Bluiett scored 36 points against Brebeuf Jesuit on Friday night, more than seven points above his average.
Yet Panthers coach Ed Schilling said it wasn't even one of his top 10 basketball games of the season.
"He scored, but you didn't get to see him do his other things," Schilling said. "You didn't get to see him pass as well as he does. He does everything so well and usually he does it quietly. He's a big-time guy."
The Class 2A No. 1 Panthers improved to 15-1 with a 75-61 triumph over the rival Braves before a packed house at Brebeuf.
"He just knows how to play and has great pace to his game," Schilling said of Bluiett. "We wanted to go with the high ball screen with Trevon and Dwayne Gibson. Gibson can drive but also step back and hit 3s. Trevon does a great job reading it, knowing when to pass and when to drive it and draw fouls."
The 6-6 Bluiett sank two 3-pointers and hit 8-of-10 free throws.
"I was just taking what the defense gave me," Bluiett said. "I knew Malik Ferguson was going to guard me and he's an uptight defender, so the first option was to try to blow by him. Sometimes they would sag off and I would shoot it."
The Panthers got several baskets in transition, especially in the second half. Park Tudor led 33-27 at halftime and pushed the cushion to 50-36 after three quarters.
"We're a fast-paced team, so whenever we get the rebound, we want to get out and run," Bluiett said.
The only negative for Bluiett was a technical foul in the final minutes, when he flipped the basketball back to a Brebeuf player after being fouled.
"I shouldn't have given it to him," Bluiett said. "I should have given it to the ref. That was stupid on my part. Nothing like that will ever happen again."
Bluiett said he thinks it was the third technical in his basketball career.
"It was a physical game, but for me to act like that was not being mentally strong," he said.
Schilling made sure it became a teaching moment, lecturing Bluiett immediately.
"He's as nice a kid as you'll ever meet and 99.9 percent of the time, he does the right thing," Schilling said. "They were physical with him and it was one of those things where he just flipped them the ball. I think he was wiped out."
Junior guard P.J. Thompson was high for the Braves (10-6) with 31 points, hitting six 3s.
"P.J. had 13 early, and when we paid a lot better attention to him, that's when we made our run," Schilling said. "At the end of the game, he got some more."
Bluiett said the game plan was to not let Thompson score.
"We weren't doing a good job on P.J. and coach really got on us (at a timeout)," Bluiett said. "That put more pressure on us to stop him. We made him go off the dribble, and fortunately he missed some."
The Panthers started slowly, trailing 8-2. The score was tied at 13-all after the first quarter.
"We hadn't played in nine days," Schilling said. "This is a big rivalry game. These kids have all known each other since they were little. Trevon and P.J. are teammates on AAU. It was a little disjointed to start, but guys settled down."
Junior guard Austin Shelton scored 19 for the Panthers.
"He's a really good player," Schilling said. "He's kind of like a poor man's Mark Price. He can make shots. He's quick and he can finish inside."