Oden, Conley Lead Lawrence North To Big Win

Indianapolis Lawrence North was expected to get a test last night against Northbrook (Ill.) Glenbrook North, and they passed with flying colors. OSU recruits Greg Oden and Mike Conley pushed Lawrence North to a lopsided win against the top-ranked team in Illinois and left plenty of impressed onlookers to go with it.

Scoring 54 of Lawrence North's 79 points and dominating defensively with their athleticism on route to a 79-61 win over Glenbrook North, Greg Oden and Mike Conley showed a sold out Welsh-Ryan arena in Evanston, Ill. why Lawrence North is ranked No. 1 in the nation and working on an undefeated season.

"I have never seen a high school player that good," stated Glenbrook North head coach Dave Weber after the game about future Ohio State Buckeye Greg Oden. "He could play in the NBA right now."

Oden's great first quarter, where he hit all four field goal attempts and all four free throws, gave the Wildcats a 20-15 first-quarter lead. A brief stint on the bench after picking up his second foul is when his teammates took the game over.

An 8-0 run in the second quarter, sparked by a Mike Conley breakaway lay-up following a steal and one of his two threes, gave Lawrence North a double digit lead they would hold the rest of the game.

"It's big to perform like we did," added Conley, also attending Ohio State with Oden. "It's a big step for a lot of the young people on the team."

Conley had nine of his 23 points in an outstanding second quarter that propelled the Wildcats to a 41-27 halftime lead.

Duke recruit Jon Scheyer tried to keep his undermanned Spartans in the game, scoring 20 first half points, on his way to 33 for the night, including an impressive 5-8 from three. However, the constant foul trouble that starting center Zach Kelly faced all night made life easier for Lawrence North.

"That was our intention to get Kelly in foul trouble, he's their only big body," stated Lawrence North head coach Jack Keefer.

After re-entering the game in the second quarter, Oden showed the wide array of skills that make him the most touted high school recruit to step foot on a college campus in years. A free throw line jumper, a quick pass to a wide open Mike Conley under the basket while being triple-teamed, and two three point plays off of post moves while being defended by a sea of Spartans were just a few of his amazing plays on his way to 31 hard earned points.

"It's unbelievable how agile he is," reflected Weber. "It's hard to believe someone is that good."

After a quick start to the fourth quarter cut the Lawrence North lead to 10, an 18-3 Wildcats run finally put the lights out on a gutsy Glenbrook North squad. A couple of late Jon Scheyer threes made the final margin more respectable, but the impressive efforts by Oden and Conley led Lawrence North to their 19th consecutive win to open the season, and the two-time defending Indiana state 4A champions look poised for a three-peat.

"Oden just plays the game the way it's meant to be played, and he plays in a great system that's very well coached," proclaimed Weber. "He's a lot like Chamberlain, with shot-blocking ability."

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