LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, scored 92 points in a high school basketball game last night.
When I started seeing reports of the accomplishment last night, I figured Ball was on fire from long range and nailed a bunch of three-pointers. I mean, 92 points is an impressive number.
Then, videos and reports started to surface that painted quite a different picture.
As it turns out, Ball played essentially no defense and rarely even crossed the halfcourt line:
This is so lame haha pic.twitter.com/iEcrl1opDJ
— NBA All Access (@nballaccess) February 8, 2017
In fact, the opposing head coach called Ball’s performace “a joke.” He even said that Ball’s teammates were intentionally fouling his players to extend the game and allow the sophomore guard to add to his point total.
Ball scored 41 points in the last quarter of Chino Hills’ 146-123 win.
Here is an excerpt of the opposing coach’s comments:
Not everyone was enamored with Ball’s performance.
Los Osos Coach Dave Smith called it “a joke.” He said Chino Hills players were fouling on purpose trying to prevent Los Osos from running out the clock and thus deny Ball more points.
“That’s wrong,” Smith said. “It goes against everything CIF 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.”
Now, make no mistake, LaMelo Ball is a highly skilled player and has a ton of talent, but this isn’t the way to put it on display.