Bluechip battle: Tyus drops 41 on Macura and Lakeville North


Generally there aren't a whole lot of high-school basketball games worth tremendous attention.

When two of nation's premiere recruits match up in your backyard, exceptions are made.

Enter the clash between Apple Valley and Lakeville North Tuesday in which Duke-bound guard Tyus Jones and the Eagles took on soon-to-be Xavier freshman J.P. Macura and the Panthers.

Jones, the nation's No. 5 recruit according to Rivals, left no doubt that he is worthy of the hype and attention he's received for years, putting up 41 points, eight assists, and six rebounds.

Apple Valley shot nearly 60 percent from the floor, while highly thought of 6'10" sophomore Brock Bertram added 14 for the Eagles.

Macura, No. 104 on the most recent Rivals 2014 chart, was quiet, scoring just 13 points on 15 shots as Apple Valley put on a show for the home fans in a 102-74 victory.

Apple Valley is now 14-1 on the season and remain No. 1 in the state in Class 4A, their only loss of the year coming to Whitney Young of Illinois in a nationally televised December contest.

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