By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Despite nice performances from former Madison Central stars Ken-Jah Bosley and Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins, the Kentucky All-Stars were dominated by Indiana 114-60 Friday at Freedom Hall.
Hawkins finished the game with 13 points, one rebound and one assist, while Bosley tossed in nine points, but the Kentuckians were no match for the taller, stronger and more talented Indiana All-Stars.
Indiana jumped out to an early lead and never was challenged, dominating the backboards 50-27 and shooting lights out from the field in building a 44-29 lead at the half.
The second was more of the same as Kentucky struggled to get any offense, shooting a dismal 10.5 percent from behind the three-point line for the game.
Meanwhile Indiana, which had 13 Division I signees on their roster, shot a red-hot 59.5 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from behind the arc.
Thanks to a continued domination of the backboards, they were also able to get out on the fast break and score easy buckets on the way to the blow out the boys from the Bluegrass.
Hawkins said the combination of Indiana’s good shooting and Kentucky’s poor shooting set the tone early.
“They were knocking down shots and got the lead early and we really couldn’t cut down the lead,” Hawkins said. “We couldn’t get our shots to go down and we made a lot of turnovers that gave them a lot of easy baskets. We just didn’t have a very good night.”
Hawkins’ University of Kentucky teammate Derek Willis was the only other Kentuckian in double figures with a team-high 18 points. He also pulled down five rebounds.
Hawkins said he was confident Kentucky will play better when the two teams clash again at Bankers Life Fieldhouse today in Indianapolis.
“We definitely have to slow them down on the fast break and we might even have to try a zone, even though they shoot the ball so well, it will be hard to,” Hawkins said. “We just got a pretty good whippin’ put on us tonight, but Coach (Allen) Feldhaus will figure some way out to help us tomorrow.”
Game time for the girls game is 5:30 p.m. with the boys game following immediately after.