Jalen Lindsey scored 25 points in Huntington Prep’s win over Riverside Christian at the Little General Stores Shootout in the Big House yesterday.
Jalen Lindsey simply couldn’t miss Wednesday in the Charleston Civic Center.
But it was Lindsey’s ability to force his opponent to miss, not his 25-point performance that he was the most proud of after helping the Huntington Prep boys basketball team defeat Riverside Christian (N.C.), 79-40, at the Little General Stores Shootout in the Big House.
Lindsey locked down Riverside Christian’s Bashir Ahmed, who was coming off a 38-point game. Ahmed finished with just one field goal.
“I guard the best player every game and I take pride in defense,” Lindsey said. “Offense comes naturally, but defense, you have to make yourself hyped up for and I take pride in it. If we stop the best player, it gets us going and leads to run-outs. It gets me going, too, because you feel like you’re doing something big.” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said Lindsey’s designation as a defensive stopper has given him more confidence in his offense.
“It’s not only his defense, but he’s scoring now and he’s shooting the ball really well,” Fulford said. “His confidence level is at an all-time high and there’s no doubt he can play.” Lindsey’s 3-point shot at 4:30 of the first half capped a 13-1 run in just two minutes when Huntington Prep doubled its lead to 35-11. At that point in the game the Eagles had just two field goals.
St. Anthony improved to 23-4 on the season and takes on Wesley Christian of Kentucky tonight at 6:30pm at home.