INDIANAPOLIS – The streak survives.
The Indiana All-Star boys basketball team survived a strong challenge from rival Kentucky for a 94-89 victory Saturday night.
The hosts made it 17 straight wins for the Hoosier State in the first contest of the annual two-game series contested at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in front of 6,466 fans.
Former Warsaw star Kyle Mangas had five points for the Indiana squad. The 6-3 guard hit 2-4 shots from the field, including missing his only 3-point attempt.
Mangas, the 11th All-Star in WCHS boys basketball history, also was 1-2 from the free throw line for the winners. He also had one rebound and one assists in 20 minutes of playing time off the bench.
Mangas, along with All-Star teammate Grant Smith of Connersville, are both headed to Indiana Wesleyan University. Smith scored six points in 16 minutes of playing time Saturday night.
Mr. Basketball Kris Wilkes returned with a big night for the winners. The 6-7 forward from North Central High School in Indianapolis, popped in 29 points. The UCLA recruit, who was one of four All-Star players (two boys and two girls) suspended for the exhibition game Thursday night versus the Indiana Junior All-Star team due to a violation of team rules, hit 12-18 shots from the field.
Wilkes was selected as the Player of the Game for his performance. In a strange occurrence Saturday night, Wilkes was wearing No. 15 due to the fact that he had left his No. 1 jersey back in his dorm room at Marian University.
Guard Jalen Adaway had 12 points for Indiana. The guard from Logansport, who is bound for Miami of Ohio, also had eight rebounds. Jack Nunge, a 6-10 forward from Castle High School and an Iowa recruit, had 12 points and nine rebounds. Forward Mack Smith, who played at Warren Central and is headed to Eastern Illinois, had 10 points.
Indiana led for better than 36 minutes of the 40-minute game and was up by as many as 12 points. Kentucky led just once by a single point and was ahead for just 2:17 of the contest.
Indiana, coached by Marty Beasley of Carroll (Fort Wayne) High School, led 44-43 at halftime en route to the win. The hosts hit 33-70 overall from the field, including 4-18 from 3-point range. The winners were 24-38 from the free throw line, including 15-20 in the second half, and had 19 turnovers.
Mark Galloway, the head coach at Culver Academy, is one of the assistant coaches for the Indiana squad.
Kentucky Mr. Basketball Taveion Hollingsworth, who will play at Western Kentucky, led his team with a game-high 30 points. He was 10-26 from the field, including 0-5 from distance, and 10-17 from the line and had 10 rebounds.
Jake Ohmer had 20 points for Kentucky, but shot just 7-24 from the floor and was 4-14 from deep. Terry Taylor had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Kei Livers 10 points.
Kentucky finished 33-96 from the field, including 7-35 from distance. They were 16-31 from the line and had 14 turnovers.
The two teams meet again Sunday at the Frankfort Convention Center in Kentucky at 4 p.m.