One Final Statement? Lofton, KY defeat Indiana

Chris Lofton may not be heading for the University of Kentucky next fall, like he had hoped, but he did make sure everyone in the state would get one final snap shot of what might have been. <p>

Owensboro (KY) - In one of the most dominant performances in recent memory, Tennessee-bound Chris Lofton further etched his name in Kentucky state high school history, with a 41-point effort against the Indiana All-Stars, Saturday, in an 89-81 victory.

It was particularly sweet for Lofton, whom gave Kentucky fans one final glimpse of what might have been, Saturday.

"I just play," Lofton stated. "I let everyone else think what they want."

The new Mason County alum started the annual All-Star game off strong, scoring 15 of his 21 first half points in the first 10 minutes of the game. He helped to lead the Kentucky All-Stars to a commanding 48-43 lead at intermission.

"I was just tired of playing the (Kentucky) Junior All-Stars," Lofton said. "We played them like four times this week. I was ready to play Indiana and see what they had."

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball did not let up in the second half; shooting 7 of 15, including 3 of 9 from behind the arc.

His 41 points was one shy of the Kentucky All-Star record.

"I would've had it if I hit my free throws," he said shaking his head.

"People in this area are probably really surprised to see Chris do the things he does throughout the game and at crunch time," Mason County and Kentucky All-Star coach Kelly Wells said following the game.

"But we've seen him do it time and time again,"

On the opposite sideline, Indiana coach Cliff Hawkins had similar views about Lofton's performance.

"He wasn't Mr. Basketball tonight, he was Mr. World. He's an incredible basketball player."

"He's tough," Indiana's Mr. Basketball and University of Indiana signee, A.J. Ratliff said. "His (shot) release is quick. He gets the ball off before you can get a hand up."

With Wildcat fans raving about Kentucky's incoming class, you've got to wonder whether or not letting Chris Lofton leave the state was truly a good idea after all.

"I know the people of Kentucky will still support me," Lofton said after the game. "I'm looking forward to coming back and playing in front of everybody again."

See photos of the Boys' Kentucky/Indiana All-Star game in Owensboro by clicking the link below: Link to KY-IND Boys' Pics

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