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Lyles, Tech overpower Alexander, Chicago Curie

Junior star outplays another elite prospect, Cliff Alexander, in win over Chicago Curie


12:00 AM, Dec. 16, 2012 EST

Trey Lyles, Tech's 6-9 star, had 24 points and 14 rebounds against Chicago Curie's Cliff Alexander. The Illinois big man and Lyles are both ranked among the top players in the 2013 class. / Matt Kryger / The Star

Trey Lyles faces many of the nation's top prospects during the high school season, but not many that are his size. He got his chance Saturday against a fellow top-five prospect in the 2014 class and made the most of it.

The 6-9 Lyles led Tech with 24 points and 14 rebounds to outduel Chicago Curie's Cliff Alexander in a 73-51 win in the nightcap of the Indy Legacy "Indiana vs. Illinois" Showcase at Tech.

"It was definitely a game I had circled on my calendar," Lyles said. "He's a good competitor and we're good friends, so we went hard at each other."

Lyles, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the five-game event, also had more help from his friends. Junior guard Jeremie Tyler scored 20 points and Josh Whitfield added 11 as Tech (5-1) raced to a 27-point halftime lead.

Alexander finished with 18 points.

"Everybody was contributing to their fullest," Lyles said. "It always seems like we focus against a good guard, but in this game we had a good big guy to go against."

Chicago Orr 58, Warren Central 55 OT Chicago Orr High School basketball coach Louis Adams called his son's 30-point outburst Saturday a "coming-out party."

Dad watched most of it through a window of the hospitality room door at Tech after he was ejected in the third quarter.

With the score tied at 55 after Devin Davis made 1-of-2 free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining, Louis Adams Jr. took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor. He scored on a driving shot with 1.1 seconds left and was fouled by Davis, a bang-bang play that Warren Central coach Greg Graham thought could have been a charge.

"We didn't get the call," Graham said. "That's the way it shakes out."

Graham was less concerned about the call than he was the way his team frittered away a double-digit second-half lead for the second night in a row. The Class 4A third-ranked Warriors (4-2) led Ben Davis by 14 points in the third quarter Friday before losing 51-50 in overtime.

"It's something we have to clean up real quick," Graham said. "I've never seen a team so fragile. Losing does that to you. But we have no choice but to learn from it because our schedule doesn't get any softer."

Orr was playing without Marlon Jones, a 6-8 junior who Adams said missed the game due to an eye injury. Adams Jr., a 6-3 junior, picked up the slack by scoring 17 points in the second half and overtime.

Adams hardly had an enjoyable spot to watch it from. He was whistled for his first technical in the first quarter after calling a 30-second timeout to stare at the officials with his arms crossed.

He took a seat at the end of the bench for the remainder of the first half. But after collecting his second technical in the third quarter, Adams was ejected. He watched from the corner of the gym for a few minutes, then was sent to the hospitality room, where he watched through a window at the end of the gym, occasionally opening the door to shout instructions.

Davis, an Indiana recruit, led Warren Central with 16 points. Jaraan Lands and Sam Thompson each added 14.

Brebeuf Jesuit 79, Providence St. Mel 74 OT Junior guard P.J. Thompson scored a career-high 40 points for Brebeuf, which squandered a 20-point lead and then recovered in overtime.

Thompson scored 13 points in overtime, including seven on free throws in the final 29 seconds. Junior Adam Kroot added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kroot's assist to Thompson gave Brebeuf the lead for good with 1:07 left in overtime.

Proviso East (Ill.) 82, Mishawaka Marian 61 Notre Dame recruit Demetrius Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but it wasn't nearly enough against a deep and talented Proviso East squad.

Junior guard Jevon Carter scored 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter as the Pirates (6-2) turned an 11-point halftime lead into a rout. SMU recruit Sterling Brown added 18 points for Proviso East and Illinois State recruit Paris Lee added 13.

Morgan Park 67, Lawrence North 58 Lamont Walker scored 18 points and Dayton recruit Kyle Davis added 17 as Morgan Park led comfortably most of the game in a win over Lawrence North (5-1).

"We weren't us tonight," said Lawrence North senior Basil Smotherman, who finished with a team-high 18 points. "We weren't doing the little things that we'd done the first few games. We have to bounce back and we will."

Daeshon Francis added 13 points for Lawrence North.

 

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