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Boys HS Hoops: International Sports Academy Outlasts Western Reserve Academy 72-61 In Star-Studded Prep Showdown

HUDSON, OHIO – The stars shined bright in Hudson Thursday night, as several top prospects took center stage in front of a standing room only crowd at Western Reserve Academy.

The early portion of the game went according to plan for ISA. They would hold 5-star sophomore Chris Livingston scoreless in the opening quarter, while dominating on the offensive end. Columbia offeree Andy Barba and Duke offeree Charles Bediako led ISA on a 15-0 charge that would put ISA ahead 24-5 after one quarter.

With a potential blowout looming, WRA would respond in a big way.

Senior forward Dimitrije Radusinovic was the star of the second quarter, as he scored the majority of his 21 in the frame. The fiery forward did not back down to anyone, as he would cap off the first half with a gritty finish over 6’8 Alabama commit Keon Ambrose. WRA outscored ISA 20-8 in the second quarter, cutting the halftime deficit to 32-25.

WRA would continue to battle in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to two points. After a quiet first half for Livingston, the Buchtel transfer kept his Pioneers within striking distance. However, Ambrose and sophomore guard Jaden Clayton would piece together strong performances in the third quarter to maintain a 48-43 lead with eight minutes to play.

Livingston continued a productive game in the fourth quarter, showcasing his smooth shooting stroke as well as his post game. Livingston, who came into the contest averaging a team high 32.2 points per game, was once again the leader of WRA’s offense.

Despite the stellar effort, star-studded International Sports Academy closed out the contest late. Bediako and company grew their lead back to double digits, as they would take care of a pesky Western Reserve Academy, 72-61.

Both of these schools have bright futures ahead, as they continue to draw in nationally recognized talent to play for their respective basketball teams. ISA will host Aspire Academy on Friday, while WRA is next in action Saturday afternoon when they visit University School.

Box Score

ISA 24 8 16 24 73

WRA 5 20 18 18 61

Leading Scorers

International Sports Academy

Charles Bediako: 17 Points

Jaden Clayton: 14 Points

Keon Ambrose: 13 Points

Western Reserve Academy

Dimitrije Radusinovic: 21 Points

Chris Livingston: 18 Points

Cordell Livingston: 14 Points

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