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June 11, 2013

Scott sparks seniors

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SULLIVAN, Ind. - Bryson Scott is never one to shy away from opportunities to make "statements."

For the incoming Boilermaker freshman, Monday night's Indiana All-Star scrimmage against the state's junior team was one of those chances.

"I'm always going to try to make a statement and go out there with a chip on my shoulder," Scott said. "I always feel like I'm under-rated. I wanted to go out and show them what I've got."

The guard from Fort Wayne asserted himself from the outset in the 106-95 win, scoring seven of the Indiana All-Stars' first nine points, then assisting on back-to-back three-pointers by teammates Collin Hartman and V.J. Beachem, respectively, as the seniors quickly opened a substantial lead.

He finished with a team-best 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, in just 17 minutes. He handed out two assists and grabbed a pair of steals while going turnover-free in his debut in an Indiana All-Star uniform.

On the defensive end, Scott was a tone-setter of sorts as the upperclassmen threw their junior counterparts off their game from the opening jump.

Junior James Blackmon Jr., Scott's close friend and a former high school rival, for example, finished just 3-of-16 and scored all 13 of his points after halftime. The juniors collectively shot just 38 percent.

Scott was a central figure in the physical, pressuring defense that stymied the juniors early and generated easy baskets for the seniors.

"He's strong and physical and really attacks the lane and is tremendous in transition," said Indiana All-Stars coach Scott Heady, the coach at Carmel. "If he finds an open area, he's really good at attacking the paint.

"And he was really aggressive (on defense). He's really a good, strong on-the-ball defender."

Scott's future teammate at Purdue, Basil Smotherman, made the most of limited opportunities, making both his field goal attempts in 14 minutes and finishing with four points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in 14 minutes.

Those numbers are modest but the forward's impact was felt.

Late in the first half, the junior team had mounted a rally.

Smotherman's vicious put-back dunk - "It wasn't a dunk, it was a throw-down," Heady said - and the transition basket the turnover he forced represented a major part of the seniors' counterpunch, which opened up a 57-39 halftime lead.

"They were two big plays," Smotherman said. "They told us in practice and all day, 'You have to rebound, you have to rebound,' and, 'You have to play defense.' That's what they want me to do and that's what I had to do tonight. That's what I had to set my mind to. With the (playing) rotation, it can be kind of rough, but it's good once you get going."

Trevon Bluiett led the juniors, who are playing without star forward Trey Lyles, with 22. Point guard and Purdue prospect P.J. Thompson made 4-of-6 threes and finished with 14 points in 15 minutes.

The all-star teams scrimmage again Wednesday night in Tipton. The Indiana All-Stars will play their annual doubleheader with Kentucky this weekend.

In the girls game Monday night, Purdue signee Bridget Perry went for nine points and four rebounds in the seniors' 84-65 win.

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