LaMelo Ball Drops 36 in Spire's Win vs. Bella Vista Prep at Jackson Purchase Jam

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2019

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, BC Prienu Vytautas's LaMelo Ball is shown in action during the Big Baller Brand Challenge friendly tournament match against BC Zalgiris-2 in Prienai, Lithuania. LaMelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, has been ejected from a game in Lithuania after striking an opponent. Ball clashed with Lithuanian player Mindaugas Susinskas during Monday's, Oct. 1, 2018, exhibition game between local club Dzukija and a touring team of United States players from the Junior Basketball Association established by the Ball brothers' father, LaVar Ball. (AP Photo/Liusjenas Kulbis, File)
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LaMelo Ball and Spire Institute (Geneva, Ohio) used a strong second-half performance to defeat Bella Vista Prep (Scottsdale, Arizona) 110-85 at the Jackson Purchase Jam in Mayfield, Kentucky, on Saturday night.

Early on, it appeared Ball—who was playing with a wrap on one of his fingers—and Spire were not on top of their game. Spire trailed for much of the first half, as its star player was held in check.

However, a pair of back-to-back triples midway through the first half appeared to spark both Ball and the Spire offense.

Overtime @overtime

LaMelo has 16 points at the half but Spire is DOWN 44-47 🤭 @MELOD1P @SPIRE_Institute @thegrindsession https://t.co/xJQOPsqQs3

Ball's 16 points in the first half helped his team keep the game close, so when he went off in the second half, it turned into a rout.

After being held to 44 points in the first half, Spire put up a whopping 66 points over the course of the final 16 minutes. That charge was led by a 20-point second half out of Ball.

Overtime @overtime

After being down at the half, LaMelo has led Spire to a DOMINANT second half and a 92-68 lead 😤 @MELOD1P @SPIRE_Institute @thegrindsession https://t.co/7CovRdwMbE

Just like that, a three-point halftime deficit turned into a 25-point victory.

The 17-year-old Ball finished the game with another impressive line, recording 36 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. Per UniquESports, the Spire guard finished 14-of-23 from the field.

The Grind Session @thegrindsession

Final stats G6. LaMelo Ball earns player of the game earns https://t.co/sRqmrj1HVV

Spire Institute has a game scheduled against Aspire Academy (Louisville, Kentucky) on Feb. 8.


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