A year ago La Lumiere and Prolific Prep had a great game, and they did it again in the 2016 version of Flyin to the Hoop. Like with last year, La Lumiere was able to come away with the victory despite a super human effort from Josh Jackson.
In state his case to be moved up to the No. 1 spot in the rankings, Jackson was tremendous. He finished with 31 points, near double figures in rebounds, and also threw a few nice passes. The best part about Jackson’s game on Friday night was that he scored in every way possible.
Always known as a hard driver with elite athleticism, Jackson showed off some range with the jumper, and also made shots in the mid-range. Beyond that he attacked the offensive glass for buckets, and overall was just tremendous.
There wasn’t much of answer from La Lumiere for Jackson individually, but the Lakers did get a total team effort.
Bowen, who has significant high-major interest, finished with 17 points, did a good job on the glass, and did as best he could defending Jackson. What stood out was Bowen’s ability to make shots. He took and made some big shots throughout the game, and showed why Tom Izzo was in attendance to watch him as well as Jackson.
Coleman-Lands just had his jumper working. The junior made shots from all over, and did so at clutch times. While he might not have always made the best decisions with the basketball, Coleman-Lands finished with 19 points to lead the Lakers and proved to be one of the more valuable players on the court.
Finally there was Banks. Banks didn’t dominate with scoring or anything, but he hit some clutch free throws, blocked shots, and did a good job on the glass. Without Banks there was no way that La Lumiere wins this game.
Overall it turned into a double figure win for La Lumiere, but the game played much closer than that, and Jackson loudly stated his case to be No. 1 in the nation.