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The Los Angeles Ballers took their place against Chicago Ballers in Chicago on Saturday and gave LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball an opportunity to continue to their respective Junior Basketball Association Highlight to add roles.
Los Angeles improved to 5-2 in the JBA's first season with a 130-122 win, and as usual the Ball brothers filled the
The LA team came in with averaging 140.5 points per game and had each achieved 170 points in the last two competitions. However, the points were not so easy to get that night. They were held in the initial phase to the low 20 seconds and made it only 51 points before half time.
While his crew had trouble getting bucket early, LiAngelo was a troop. He brought 26 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, although he also had five turnovers.
As far as LaMelo is concerned, the 16-year-old struggled to find his shot from deep down. Although he found other ways to shoot, he drew numerous aerial balls from a distance and shot only 2 out of 13 from beyond the arch. In a game where no team could break up, those poor looks did not help.
One of his key highlights of the night came with a hard shot in the paint over SB Nation Ricky O'Donnell:
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LaMelo walls everything from three to now, but he has some great passes and some crazy finishes. Here is one: https://t.co/mLqtQGGMty
L.A. was involved in its fair share of flat tires, but that was a close match. The two squads were tied together in the final phase with 92 strokes, so it was a struggle to see who would prevail – and that certainly provided suspense.
In the first few minutes of the fourth, LaMelo fought Chicago's Travis Ingram while chasing the ball in hopes of an interim basket. Ingram took Ball's hand, which came in contact with his face, and let him know. The emotions would go up in the last few minutes, but fortunately no situation has escalated.
In the fourth quarter there was a lot to see as the ballbros put the team on their backs. LiAngelo (54 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals) and LaMelo (47 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists) together made 78 percent of the L.A. points. LiAngelo (21 of 39) was more efficient than LaMelo (11 of 25), but both secured the victory with more than 100 points.
Los Angeles will be back in action against Houston on Thursday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.