Everyone Is Losing It Over This High School Basketball Player Who Dropped 92 Points In One Game
LaMelo Ball, a sophomore guard on the Chino Hills High basketball team, sank 92 points on Tuesday night in a 146-123 victory over Los Osos, reports the L.A. Times.
You don't have to follow basketball to understand that that's a lot of points. Two Thursdays ago, the Lakers scored 88 points total as a team. Certainly, high school basketball isn't the NBA, but is there any denying Ball's impressive feat? As noted by the Times, the accomplishment was so huge that some of L.A.'s most visible athletes tweeted their admiration. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley (a.k.a. the Rams' future) are possibly making plans to see Ball in person:
bro we going to see him next week.— Todd Gurley II (@TG3II) February 8, 2017
Joc Pederson chimed in to say "where's the invite?"
Surely, 92 points would land Ball somewhere in the record books? It turns out that his point total was the second highest in the history of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. Tigran Grigorian, of Armenian Mesrobian School, gets the top spot for scoring 100 against Pacific Christian in 2003, according to the Daily Bulletin. And the national record was set way back in 1960, when a West Virginia player dropped 135 points.
There's a real possibility that you'll be hearing more about Ball in the future, as he'd verbally committed to UCLA's basketball team, where his older brother, Lonzo Ball, is playing.
Not everyone was happy with the result, obviously. Los Osos Coach Dave Smith claimed that Chino Hills were intentionally fouling to prevent the Los Osos players from running down the clock, so that Ball could get back the ball to run up his score totals. But whatever, 92 points is 92 points. What's also wild is that he scored 41 of those points in the final quarter.
Here's a highlight reel of Ball's game (he's in gray, wearing the number 1 shirt).
An earlier version of this article misstated a tweet as belonging to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.