A solid defensive effort in the second half helped the Indiana All-Stars overcome a double-digit deficit in a 91-86 win over Ohio in the Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic at Saint Francis on Sunday.
Indiana leads the series 16-10.
Kylon Jarreau made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:40 remaining as Indiana got over the hump to take an 81-79 lead. The basket was part of a 10-0 run that gave Indiana an 84-79 lead with two minutes remaining.
"We wanted to win it, there's no doubt about that," coach Marc Davidson said. "We felt like with our full-court pressure, we could get to them so we decided to go with a smaller lineup and that's the beauty of a kid like Brandan Johnson. You tell him to go guard a 6-10 kid and he'll do it. He's going to fight the kid.
"You have Grant Raber who can guard anybody on the floor, Onye (Ezeakudo) who can guard anybody on the floor and Jalan Mull. I thought Kylon Jarreau was really good for us down the stretch."
Jarreau's go-ahead basket was one of two 3s Indiana made in the second half.
"I think they were playing harder than us, rebounding a lot, getting a lot of offensive rebounds," Johnson said, "and I think we weren't communicating on defense so they were getting a lot of open looks.
"Coach Davidson was preaching to us stops, rebounds and stops. We were getting a lot of good shots, they just weren't falling so he was preaching to us rebounding and stops."
Davidson was also preaching to the team he was going to just stay out of the way and let the players do what they do best, play.
"That's seriously what I told them the other night," he said of the keys to coaching an all-star team."We'll stay out of the way and let them make plays. We have a group of kids that have been playing their whole lives, they know what to do with the basketball and I was really proud of the way they battled.
"In the first half, we had a lot of shots that we would normally probably make that didn't go in but second half, shots started to fall. I just love the fight in these guys. I'm proud of them."
Ohio led 39-27 with 2:45 left in the first half. Indiana opened the second half on a 13-4 run to get within 50-48.
Johnson led the team with 17 points, Ezkeaudo scored 12 and Brandon Nicholson and Lucas Lehrman each added 10.
Bryce Williams led Ohio with 17 points, Austin Rotroff added 14 points and 13 rebounds, Drew Johnson scored 12, Jay Kaufman 11 and Jacoby Kelly 10.
Note: Sam Buck won the 3-point contest at halftime of the girls game and Lehrman won the dunk contest between games.