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La Lumiere School def. Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, 85-44

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2017 -- The day’s second game featured the nation’s No. 1 team in La Lumiere out of La Porte, Indiana and perennial Ohio parochial power Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s.

For 16 minutes no one told the Cleveland-based Vikings it was playing the America’s top team. Feisty undersized junior guard Jerry “Gene” Higgins scrapped his way to 14 first half points helping Babe Kwasniak’s club stay within striking distance at 37-31.

The tide would quickly change in the 3rd quarter as 5-star senior Brian Bowen woke up and went off for 15 of La Lu’s 19 points in the period with a barrage threes, pull ups, and inside putbacks. The Lakers owned a 19-3 advantage in the stanza and never looked back en route to a (85-44) triumph setting up Saturday’s showdown with No. 2 Findlay Prep.

Top 25 sophomore guard Tyger Campbell got La Lumiere rolling in the 1st quarter thanks to 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, which included two three-point goals. Higgins (9 points) helped the Vikings hang around. Senior guard Noah Newlon added two bonus goals for the Vikings.

VASJ stayed close in the 2nd quarter behind two three-pointers from William Butler and an additional five counters from Higgins.

The 3rd quarter totally belonged to the Lakers and it was Bowen doing most of the damage. The talented 6-foot-8 wing, who is considering Arizona, Creighton, Michigan State, and Texas, really asserted himself knocking down shots and cleaning up the offensive glass. Bowen’s assertiveness and increased energy shut down any hopes of an upset.

Michigan State signee Jaren Jackson Jr. came alive in the final frame destructing the rim with several dunks. The 6-foot-11 senior, a transfer from Park Tudor HS (IN), totaled nine points in the quarter. 6-foot-8 junior Kevin Zhang, a member of a talented La Lu bench, also added nine points in the game’s final eight minutes.

Bowen, the game’s MVP, scored 23 points and added 13 rebounds. Campbell finished with 15 points and six assists, Jackson chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Zhang added 11 points.

Higgins led the Vikings with 16 points, but was just 6-of-21 shooting. Butler was his top support with 13 points and five boards.

The Lakers held VASJ to just 27 percent shooting (16-of-59) for the contest and out rebounded Ohio’s six-time state champions, 43-24.

Stat of the Game:
La Lumiere outscored Cleveland VASJ, 48-13, in the 2nd half.