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We’re Back: The Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game

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We’re Back: The Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game

In 2017, the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches became the Administrators of the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game. The game was held at the Civic Center in Frankfort, giving the now-demolished building one last hoorah.

In the last 10 years, interest in the game has waned on our state’s side, we’ve seen attendance down below 500 in recent games.

The KABC plans to change that.

If you attended last night’s game at Bellarmine University, you’ll understand. If you didn’t — let me paint a picture for you.

Knights Hall holds 2,181 patrons and approximately 30 members of the media. The arena was full of fans — just 100 tickets shy of a complete sell out crowd.

The game directors pulled out all of the stops. The programs, with interactive QR codes and historical blips/videos/photos weaved in and out of current information, sold out long before the boys game tipped off. T-shirts flew off their respective tables and fans from all over filled the gym.

The game committee chose an elite Cheerleading squad from Pikeville High School to bring some spirit to the gym. PHS cheer donned tank tops to match the Kentucky teams and performed floor cheers to get the crowd involved.

KABC also decided to bring back a tradition that had been lost in recent times by inviting All-Star Game alumni back and honoring them at center court.

Former Girls All Stars such as Miss Basketballs Geri Grigsby, Jamie Walz Richey (All-Star game coaching staff), and Lindsay Duvall joined Candace Bingham and several others to have their name called and gave the crowd a wave.

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Boys All-Star alumni were well represented — Kentucky Wildcats Derek Anderson and Anthony Epps joined prime time prep stars such as Mr. Basketballs Ralph Richardson and J.R. VanHoose. Louisville basketball great James Boo Brewer, an All-Star Assistant Coach, also stepped out of the locker room to join his fraternity of players.

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Adding a nice nod to our history, video interviews of All-Stars of old played during Media Timeouts. Fans turned to the video board to listen to stories from long ago.

To cap the evening off — both Kentucky teams came out hot. Our girls team brought it during both halves and grabbed their win. The boys, up against 5+ Big 10 commits from Indiana were predicted to lose by a large margin. With team chemistry and grit, they commanded a lead early. Several Kentucky boys answered the call and came out victorious.

The magic in the room did not go unnoticed. Kentucky fans enjoyed the atmosphere, the lore, and most importantly, the win.

For a game that has all but had its Death Certificate signed by the sports realm’s most heavy hitters — it sure seems like it’s  not ready for the end.

The Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Game is back, folks. Hop on the bandwagon, I’ll scoot over and make some room.

Kayla Moore VanHoose
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    Bryan Station senior Eric "Boss" Boone nearly had a triple-double in the Kentucky All-Star boys' 100-89 win over Indiana on Friday.

    Bryan Station senior Eric "Boss" Boone nearly had a triple-double in the Kentucky All-Star boys’ 100-89 win over Indiana on Friday.

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    Bryan Station senior Eric "Boss" Boone nearly had a triple-double in the Kentucky All-Star boys’ 100-89 win over Indiana on Friday.

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    June 08, 2018 11:04 PM

    The Indiana All-Stars had the biggest star in the building, but Kentucky had the better team.

    The Kentucky All-Star boys’ basketball team defeated the Indiana edition, 100-89, to pick up its second straight win in the series on Friday. Kentucky’s girls also defeated Indiana, 92-87, at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

    The teams were scheduled play again Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

    Fairdale’s Markelo Sullivan scored a game-high 28 points Friday and was named Player of the Game. He was 11 of 21 and 5-for-9 from the three-point line.

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    Warren Central’s Skyelar Potter, who has signed with Wright State, had 19 and 12 for Kentucky. Bryan Station’s Eric “Boss” Boone nearly finished with a triple-double — 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Boone also had a game-high four steals.

    Lexington Christian Academy star Carter Hendricksen had nine points and seven rebounds. Scott County’s Cooper Robb finished with eight points, four rebounds and two steals.

    Romeo Langford, a five-star prospect who’s headed to Indiana University , led Indiana’s boys with 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting (he was 0-for-6 from three-point range).

    Kentucky’s boys last year after two overtimes picked up their first win in the series since 2008.

    University of Louisville signee Mykasa Robinson, a star at Ashland Blazer, led the Kentucky girls with 14 points. She was 12-for-14 at the free-throw line and also had five rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Harlan County’s Blair Green, who’s signed with the University of Kentucky, had 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Mercer County standout Emmy Souder had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the girls.

    Kentucky Miss Basketball winner Seygan Robins (Mercer County) had eight points and a game-high seven assists. Amy Dilk, the Miss Basketball winner from Indiana, who’s headed to Michigan, had a game-high 25 points for the Hoosiers.

    BOYS: Kentucky 100, Indiana 89

    Indiana — Romeo Langford 17, Robert Phinisee 11, Chance Coyle 3, Aaron Henry 6, Sean East 10, Jarron Coleman 8, Damezi Anderson 4, De’Avion Washington 2, Eric Hunter 10, Dean Tate 3, Mekhi Lairy 11, Gavin Bizeau 2, Kevin Easley 2

    Kentucky —Trevon Faulkner 10, Cameron Cartwright 3, Skyelar Potter 19, Eric “Boss” Boone 11, Markello Sullivan 28, Cooper Robb 8, Pierce Kiesler 3, Carter Hendricksen 9, Mickey Pearson 9.

    Halftime—Kentucky 53-44.

    GIRLS: Kentucky 92, Indiana 87

    Indiana — Amy Dilk 25, Katlyn Gilbert 13, Nia Clark 5, Cassidy Hardin 7, Emily Kiser 2, Leigha Brown 2, Mackenzie Blazek 8, Tomi Taiwo 8, Jenasae Bishop 3, Michaela White 2, Angel Baker 12

    Kentucky — Seygan Robins 8, Ciaja Harbison 13, Mykasa Robinson 14, Grace Berger 11, Anna Clephane 2, Lexi Held 10, Emmy Souder 12, Blair Green 13, Molly Lockhart 9.

    Halftime—Kentucky 43-38.

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