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Prime Prep's Jordan Mickey (LSU signee) leads team with 28 points in OT win vs. Blanche Ely (Florida) in 1st round of National High School Invitational
NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — After 32 minutes of regulation and 3-1/2 minutes of overtime failed to determine a winner in Prime Prep’s first-round game in the National High School Invitational on Thursday, senior forward Jordan Mickey knew the basketball game was his to win.
With his team down two with less than 30 seconds to play, it was Mickey who hit a pair of free throws to pull Prime Prep even with Florida’s Blanche Ely High School. When Blanche Ely’s bench tried to call a timeout it didn’t have on the ensuing possession, it was Mickey who approached Prime Prep coach Ray Forsett and demanded to take the technical free throws.
“When he said ‘Coach, let me get it,’ I’m going to give it to him,” Forsett said following his team’s 66-65 win. “There ain’t no question. Let’s go. I’m riding with you. He came through for us big.”
“I wanted to get those shots. I was feeling it,” Mickey said. “Today, I just knew I could make them.”
Prime Prep (37-1) will play in the semifinals against second-seeded Montverde Academy (Florida) at 1:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN2.
Mickey nearly won the game in regulation for Prime Prep, scoring six of his team’s final eight points in the fourth quarter, all of which came in the post or on putback attempts underneath the basket. Mickey was the intended target of a late alley-oop attempt from junior guard Emmanuel Mudiay that would have put Prime Prep ahead, but the pass was high and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, Blanche Ely (27-2) led by four with just under a minute left when Prime Prep began to reel the Tigers back in. Forward Elijah Thomas scored on a putback to close Blanche Ely’s lead to two. Prime Prep then got a steal and fed Mickey, who drew a foul that led to the game-tying free throws.
Mickey finished with 28 points and eight blocks. The LSU signee went 10-for-10 from the free throw line and scored six of his team’s 10 points in the overtime. TCU recruit Karviar Shepherd, Prime Prep’s other big man, added 16 points.
Prime Prep was dominant for stretches, and it used an 11-2 third-quarter run to build its lead to 10. But Blanche Ely rallied and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter on the strength of a 17-6 run. Prime Prep closed the fourth quarter with six straight points, forcing overtime.
“We had them down 10 and we should have finished them and we didn’t,” Forsett said.
Mickey’s impressive showing helped compensate for an off game from Mudiay, ESPN’s third-ranked player in the Class of 2014, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.