HS Sophomore Scores 92 Points In One Game, But Opposing Coach Calls It ‘A Joke’
February 8 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Wait, 92 points? Yep, that's what Chino Hills (Calif.) sophomore LaMelo Ball put up on Tuesday during his team's 146-123 victory over Los Osos. The Huskies (26-1) were coming off their first loss in two years, 96-91 to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill on Saturday. That broke a 60-game win streak.
Some amazing things about Ball's big night:
* It wasn't even a Southern Section record for points, let alone a national one. Mesrobian High's Tigran Grigorian scored 100 points vs. Pacific Christian in 2003. The national record is 135 points by Burnsville (W.Va.) High's Danny Heater in 1960 -- before the invention of the 3-point line, we should point out.
* Ball scored 41 points in the fourth quarter.
* LaMelo isn't even the team's leading scorer this season. That would be his brother, LiAngelo, who sat out Tuesday's game with a bad ankle.
* LaMelo was 30-of-39 on 2-pointers and 7-of-22 from 3, and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
LaMelo, 15, is the younger brother of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball. The two younger brothers are also committed to UCLA.
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.”
In addition to that, there wasn't a lot of defense being played, if the video below is a true indication. On several possessions Ball just dribbled through defenders for layups, with no opponents interested in help defense.