Luol Deng scored 24 points, 13 during a key second half run, to lift Blair Academy to a 70-56 win over West Nottingham. Charlie Villanueva, Blair's other dominant superstar, did not play at all due to sickness (see other stories on this site).
Blair jumped out to a 24-14 lead midway through the second quarter. However, West Nottingham rallied and claimed a 32-30 halftime lead, primarily due to Josh Boone's 10 second quarter points.
In the third, Blair outscored the Rams, 27-6. Deng scored 13 of his 24 points during this big spurt. Deng also had several blocks and rebounds during this timeframe.
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Boone finished with 23 points. Boone has signed with Connecticut while Deng has inked with Duke.
"We made that run and I felt if I stepped it up right then we could have had the game right then," Deng said. "We started off strong but they got back in the game. But that was a lack of focus. Then we got it going in the big run."