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la lumiere No. 1 seed in national tourney

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:27 AM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

The boys basketball team from La Lumiere is the No. 1 seed in the upcoming national high school tournament.

The Lakers are hoping to bring home a second national championship from the Geico Nationals scheduled April 4-6 in New York City.

La Lumiere won the national title during the 2016-17 season when the tournament was sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods.

Head coach Pat Holmes said the focus now is getting back into full swing after his players just returned from a two week spring break following the end of the regular season.

''The big thing is to try and get our competitive edge back,'' Holmes said.

The Lakers ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today open the tourney April 4 against University School out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

. Tip off is scheduled at 4 p.m.

All of the tournament games will be televised by ESPNU.

La Lumiere finished the regular season at 28-0.

A majority of the wins, including a 81-25 road victory over Gary Roosevelt on February 20, were by more than 20-points.

Holmes said his players know going in not to take anything for granted from some of the victories being close during a regular season that included match-ups against other elite squads throughout the nation.

''You're playing against the best teams in the country so if you don't show up on day one you'll be watching the semi-finals and finals from home,'' he said.

Many of the La Lumiere players over the years have gone on to star at major college programs.

Jaren Jackson, Jr., who graduated from the northern LaPorte County school in 2017, went on to play at Michigan State and now is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.

Isaiah Stewart, a 6'9" forward on this year's squad, has committed to play at the University of Washington while Keion Brooks, Jr., a 6' 7" forward, is being recruited by Indiana University and other top programs.




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