LaMelo Ball, the youngest of the basketball playing Ball brothers, can get buckets. LaMelo is going to be a star in his own right, following in the footsteps of his oldest brother Lonzo and his middle brother LiAngelo, but for now the high school sophomore has to settle for putting up insane highlight reel performances.
When we last saw LaMelo, he was calling his shot and pulling up from halfcourt, but on Tuesday night he did more than just have one individual play to make national news. The youngest Ball dropped 92 points, including 41 in the fourth quarter, on Los Osos High. The performance came one game after Chino Hills High had its 60-game winning streak snapped by Oak Hill Academy, so I think it’s safe to say they were able to bounce back and refocus.
The highlights are mesmerizing because Ball is out there absolutely hoisting with no regards for anyone or the concept of trying to play defense (but you don’t need to play defense when you score 92 points), but he did manage seven assists.
This is my favorite box score ever. Ball took a ridiculous 61 shots in the game, including 22 three-pointers (of which he only made 7), so this could’ve gotten to 100 pretty easily. Getting 41 of those points in the fourth quarter is a testament to both his unwavering commitment to getting shots up and his youthful exuberance being able to overcome the fatigue that most anyone else would feel from trying to shoot 61 times in a game.