Jackson’s defense leads Indiana to sweep

The Indiana high school All-Stars beat Kentucky in a much closer contest than Friday's.
Posted on June 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky was still sore from Indiana’s 54-point win a night earlier, so it made sure to give the host team a run for its money the second around.

The Indiana boys high school All-Stars still beat the visiting Kentucky team, but the 84-77 final score was much less eye-popping than Indiana’s 114-60 blowout on Friday, June 14. And that was good enough for Kentucky coach Allen Feldhaus Jr.

“Kentucky compared to Indiana, we can’t match up physically to Indiana, but if we can get our main seven on the same page, we can make it competitive,” Feldhaus said.

Among those physical Indiana players was Demetrius Jackson, a Marian graduate and Notre Dame commit. Jackson started at point guard for Indiana and peppered the box score with four points, six rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals. Jackson fouled out in the final minute of the game.

With Jackson at point, the Indiana All-Star coach Scott Heady said his team was able to command the pace of the game as well as it did in its Friday game.

“We’ve gotten better with our ball movement,” Heady said. “We maintained our lead all night and I felt really good about how our guys responded to what could have been a difficult situation.”

While Jackson showcased his speed on two fast break trips to the basket, he struggled from the field the rest of the night, finishing 2-7. He shined on defense, though. His four blocks were a team high and his six rebounds were good for second behind Devin Davis’s 11.

Davis also led Indiana with 19 points. Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin finished with 16 points.

Editor's note: The original version of this story had the wrong score for the game on Friday, June 14. This version is correct.

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