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Indiana’s Justin Mitchell, who scored 25 points and had 12 rebounds and six steals, drives to the basket. Mitchell was named game MVP.
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Indiana boys blitz Ohio, record books

Indiana got consecutive dunks by Justin Mitchell and D.J. McCall to open the game and was off and running on a record-setting pace Sunday in the boys game of the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic at Saint Francis.

When Indiana was done running against Ohio in the 22nd annual all-star basketball grudge match, the top talent from the northeast side of Hoosier State had a 127-87 win over the Buckeye State’s best from the northwest and records for points scored (127), margin of victory (40) and winning streak (fifth straight victory).

It’s the second straight year Indiana has set the record for points scored after getting a 125-108 win last year. Indiana smashed the previous record for margin of victory of 25, set in a 119-94 Indiana win in 1996.

“If you open it up with a dunk, that says a lot,” game MVP Justin Mitchell said. “Anybody could have gotten MVP out there. Points really didn’t matter for us, just the win. Winning is fun, and that’s what we came out here to do. We broke a record, and that says a lot about the class of 2014.”

Indiana had six players in double figures, led by Mitchell’s 25 points. He also had 12 rebounds and six steals.

Also for Indiana, Mike Davis had 19 points, David Vogel 13, Nate Thomas 11 and Tre’Vion Crews and Lowell Griggs each had 10.

Grady Eifert, Levi Mitchell and Oosha Mitchell had eight points apiece.

“As the game progressed, our guys started to play harder than they did,” Indiana coach Shabaz Khaliq said.

“The tenacity never let up from the beginning to the end of the game, and you rarely see that in an all-star game.

“You are only going to put up that many points if you get it collectively from a lot of different guys. If you look up at the scoreboard and see several guys in double figures, it tells you that you have a real special group who enjoys playing with each other.”

Indiana outscored Ohio 56-37 in the first half and 71-50 in the second half.

Davis said the team was aware of how close they were to the record for points scored with about three minutes left and went for it. The record-breaker came in the final seconds on a dunk by Thomas.

“It was a lot of fun,” Davis said. “It was how we all meshed together real fast and our style of game; we all like to get up and run up and down the court. We knew we would have a lot of dunks here and there, but to open the game up with a dunk is exciting.”

Indiana had 25 assists to Ohio’s six. Crews led Indiana with eight assists. Indiana made 51 of 94 (54 percent) from the field, had a 21-9 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored Ohio 56-38 in the paint.

Elijah Kahlig led Ohio with 23 points, and Taren Sullivan and Will Voorhees each had 12.

Note: Anthony Wayne’s Matt Fox (boys) and Homestead’s Sydney Buck (girls) won the 3-point contests, while Thomas took the dunk contest.