LaMelo Ball added another chapter to the lore of the Ball Brothers of Chino Hills (Calif.) when he dropped an insane 92 points in a 147-123 victory against Los Osos, according to Prep Circuit and other reports.
Ball was 37 for 61 from the field — 30 for 39 on two-point attempts and 7 for 22 from three. He also was 11 for 14 from the free throw line. He also added five rebounds and seven assists.
He had 41 of his 92 in the fourth quarter, according to BallIsLife.com. That’s in an eight-minute quarter. He finished with 63 in the second half.
“It was very exciting, almost overwhelming,” coach Stephan Gilling told The Los Angeles Times.
A four-star UCLA commit, the sophomore is the youngest of the three Balls Brothers. Lonzo is a freshman at UCLA, LiAngelo is a Chino Hills’ senior. The 92 is a Ball family record. LiAngelo is currently sitting out two weeks to rest up for the forthcoming playoffs, clearing the way for LaMello to serve as his team’s primary scoring threat.
The game was Chino Hills’ first since its 60-game winning streak was snapped by Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza.
“My boys get mad when they lose,” Lavar Ball, the boys’ father, told ESPN.com. “[LaMelo] started on fire. Just attacking the rim. They tried to double- and triple-team him after he scored 45. … He loves to score. That’s the type of things he’s going to do next year on a daily basis. It’s easy for him. He finally got to play his game.”
Ball’s tweet includes the hashtag #love4lexi. Lexi Anderson is the sister of a member of the Chino Hills dance team who is in need of heart transplant.
Ball and other members of the Chino Hills community have recently adopted the hashtag. Members of the school and community also have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with medical expenses.
This was a tweet from the weekend, showing Lexi with positive news. Subsequent tweets over the last few days — including one just hours before the game — have indicated that her condition has worsened. She underwent surgery Tuesday and is being kept alive via an Ecmo machine.
Ball’s on-court performance drew reactions far and wide, most strikingly from his brother at UCLA, Lonzo.
The plaudits for Ball’s 92 points also came from Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley and Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.