PADUCAH — JaQuan Lyle scored 23 points and knocked down two free throws in the finals seconds to give Huntington Prep a 68-66 victory over Our Savior New American in a thrilling finish to the first day of the Mustang Madness showcase on Thursday night.
Huntington Prep — featuring UK targets Montaque Gill-Caesar, Thomas Bryant and Miles Bridges — led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, but Our Savior stormed back to take a late lead, thanks in part to Class of 2015 star Cheick Diallo, another UK recruit.
Our Savior (N.Y.) came into the game with an undefeated record and the No. 8 ranking in the country, according to MaxPreps.com. Senior guard Kobe Eubanks’ three-pointer gave them a 64-62 lead with less than two minutes left, but Lyle answered with two free throws to tie it up with 1:11 remaining.
The two teams traded baskets in the final minute, and Lyle was fouled while trying to back his way to the basket with 2.1 seconds remaining and the game tied at 66. The uncommitted Class of 2014 star made both free throws to give Huntington Prep the victory.
Lyle finished with 23 points — going 9-for-9 from the line — and added three rebounds and two steals. He played all but 56 seconds of the game.
Gill-Caesar and Bryant — both juniors — were hampered by foul trouble throughout the contest, and both players picked up their second fouls midway through the first quarter. Gill-Caesar finished with eight points and five rebounds. He was credited with only one assist, but he made several nice passes in the fourth quarter that led to Huntington Prep baskets.
Bryant had nine points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. The 6-foot-10 center also nailed a long three-pointer in the second half. He went down hard on a play in the second quarter, and an Our Savior player landed on his shoulder while he was on the ground. Bryant stayed down for a few minutes before making his way to the bench. He returned early in the third quarter and was fine after the game.
Bridges — a Class of 2016 recruit — had six points, including a monster dunk in the second quarter.
Diallo — one of the top juniors in the country — did not make a field goal in the first half but finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. He was 4-for-10 from the field and 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. The 6-9 forward played the entire game and scored eight points in the fourth quarter.
Our Savior New American will play Class of 2016 star Thon Maker and Carlisle School on Friday at Mustang Madness. Huntington Prep is off until Jan. 15.