Kentucky’s All-Star team had not defeated Indiana’s for 17 straight games — since 2008 — until today.
Not only did 2017’s squad end the streak, they made their own history, too. This was the first game since 1987 to go into Overtime and the first in the history of the series to go into Double Overtime.
My unofficial Player-of-the-Game award goes to Jake Ohmer, the Sweet 16 sensation whose game we all fell in love with back in March. Ohmer outscored everyone on both rosters, boasting a massive 30 points — 9 of those were threes at game-changing moments.
With that said — what Ohmer did on the other side of the ball is what truly counted today. He earned 5 steals and forced numerous big turnovers to keep Indiana on their toes.
Ohmer had some help from big man Terry Taylor — the 6’6 Bowling Green star who shot like a guard today, sinking an epic 5 threes.
The game was chippy from the start and if you had been in attendance for the first half and until the middle of the second, you would have believed the Kentucky All-Stars had this one in the bag, earning as much as a 16 point lead with 9:12 left. That’s when things took a turn South (or should I say North?) and Indiana cut the lead to 9 — and in the blink of an eye — 2:35 is left and the score is 91-90, Indiana is down 1.
The lead changed hands dramatically each possession until we landed ourselves in Overtime. The hero of today, Jake Ohmer, scores first. Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, Tavieon Hollingsworth fouls Indiana’s sharpshooter Sasha Stefanovic and fouls out. Promptly following, Stefanovic makes contact with Pedro Bradshaw and snags his very own 5th foul. Aside from 1 layup by Ohmer and 1 layup by Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, Kris Wilkes, we are carried through to Double Overtime on Free Throw shooting. 101-101.
Wilkes opens 2OT with a monster jam to send a message but Mr. Ohmer answers his call with a 3 point bucket. Fouls are exchanged back and forth — Taylor, Bradshaw, and Ohmer all seeing the charity stripe, all making one and leaving one behind. On Ohmer’s miss, Bradshaw grabs the offensive board, puts a shot back up — and in a dramatic change of events, Indiana gets called for Goal Tending: 109-107 Kentucky, 1:02 left. Kentucky’s Sean McNeil earns a foul, giving Indiana’s Mack Smith a trip to the line, one make, one miss — and Mack Smith is called for a foul. Displeased and vocal, Smith is awarded a Technical foul with only 38.3 seconds left.
Ohmer sinks both shots. 111-108. Indiana has the ball with few seconds left, takes a 3 point shot, misses, gets the put back for two — falling short of Kentucky by one point. Final score: 111-110.
Amazing game. 19 Ties, 13 Lead Changes, a real nail biter — if you missed this one, I’ll see you next year!
Girls Game write up to follow shortly! For now I am hitting the Mountain Parkway.
Kayla Moore VanHoose of @BluegrassBBall
Legends in attendance:
Joe B. Hall – Needs no introduction
Ralph Richardson (1958 Mr. Basketball)
J.R. VanHoose (1998 Mr. Basketball)
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