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Crean watches Luers freshman

Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean settled into his chair at one end of the court game and watched as his recruit, Bishop Luers freshman James Blackmon Jr., and the Knights beat South Side 76-74 Friday.

Blackmon was making his home debut with the team coached by his father, James Blackmon Sr.

The 6-foot-2 guard, who wears No. 2, had 13 points and scored seven in the first quarter.

"I thought he did OK," Blackmon said of his oldest son. "He didn't shoot the ball very well, and some of the shots he took he normally knocks down. I thought he was rushing them a little bit."

Cousin Evan Blackmon had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Class 2A No. 1 Knights.

"He is a senior, and he has been in this situation plenty of times," Blackmon Sr. said. "He stepped up and made a couple of big shots."

Senior Kameron Mack sat out the game because of an "in-house situation" and will be at the Knights' next game against Anderson at the WigWam on Saturday.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.