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Saturday / June 23.
  • Lamelo Ball Scores 92 Points, Chino Hills Defeats Los Osos

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    Lamelo Ball, the 6-foot Class of 2019 point guard from Chino Hills (CA) High School, scored 92 points in a 146-123 victory over Los Osos (CA) High School on Tuesday.

    Ball, the younger brother of UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball and Chino Hills senior guard Liangelo Ball, went 37-of-61 shooting, 7-of-22 from three-point range, with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. He also went 11-14 from the free throw line.

    ESPN’s Myron Medcalf reported that Ball was motivated by a sick girl at his high school, but Los Osos coach Dave Smith wasn’t pleased.

    “That’s wrong,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It goes against everything CIF stands for. The Ball boys are very talented and great players, but it’s embarrassing to high school athletics.”

    Lonzo Ball is projected by DraftExpress to be the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and the brothers are not expected to play together at UCLA. Bruins coach Steve Alford said in December that Lonzo is “absolutely” one-and-done.

    Chino Hills was coming off its first loss of the season on Saturday as they had their 60-game winning streak snapped by Oak Hill (VA) Academy. With their win Tuesday Chino Hills brought their record to 26-1.

    A four-star UCLA commit, Ball scored 41 points in the fourth quarter after finishing the first half with “only” 29 points.

    “It was very exciting, almost overwhelming,” Coach Stephan Gilling told the Los Angeles Times.

    Earlier this season, senior Liangelo Ball scored 72 points in a win over Rancho Christian (CA) High School in November.

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