LaMelo Ball, a sophomore at Chino Hills High School near L.A. and the youngest brother of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, scored 92 points (!) in his team’s 146-123 win over Los Osos on Tuesday night.
The middle Ball brother, LiAngelo, sat out the game with an ankle injury, so the floor was open for LaMelo.
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Not everyone was impressed.
Los Osos Coach Dave Smith, per the L.A. times, claimed Chino Hills players were fouling on purpose to extend the game so LaMelo could fatten his stat line. It was a “joke,” according to Smith.
“That’s wrong,” Smith said. “It goes against everything CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) stands for. The Ball boys are very talented and great players, but it’s embarrassing to high school athletics. I’ve been coaching for 35 years, and we’ve turned high school athletics into individualism.
“It’s amazing to watch a kid score that many points. But it’s tough to say that’s what CIF athletics is about.”
Maybe your team should have played better defense, Coach.
But some accused LaMelo of basket-hanging — there were times he didn’t even bother to cross half-court to play defense.
Yeah, the kid scored 92 points, but it was his intense effort on defense that was really impressive… pic.twitter.com/WKQKQn1Fq4
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 8, 2017
LaMelo shot 37-for-61 from the field, including 7 of 22 on 3-pointers. Forty-one of his points came in the eight-minute fourth quarter. He also had seven assists.
“It was very exciting, almost overwhelming,” Chino Hills coach Stephan Gilling said.
Making it even more special, Ball dedicated his performance to a classmate named Lexi, who is in the hospital.
Chino Hills’ win came one game after its 60-game win streak was snapped with a loss to Oak Hill on Sunday. LaMelo’s resilience made big brother proud.
Well I mean that’s one way to bounce back after a loss… I see you lil bro 9️⃣2️⃣
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) February 8, 2017
LaMelo and LiAngelo, a senior, are both committed to UCLA. LiAngelo scored 72 points in a game earlier this season, ESPN noted.
LaMelo’s also been known to call his own half-court shots.
As amazing as it was, LaMelo’s 92-point effort wasn’t even a Southern California record, let alone one for the nation. Tigran Grigorian of Mesrobian scored 100 against Pacific Christian in 2003, and Danny Heater’s points for Burnsville (W. Va.) High in 1960 is the national all-time best, the Times notes.