Indiana Basketball: Anthony Leal delivers signature performance

Future Indiana basketball guard Anthony Leal had himself a game Saturday night, as he led Bloomington South to a 69-66 victory over Silver Creek.

One commit in the 2020 class for Indiana basketball has had an excellent senior season and added to it on Saturday.

Anthony Leal, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard with a beautiful shooting stroke, came out on fire in the weekend matchup against Silver Creek, leading Bloomington South to a 69-66 win. He was terrific all night, scoring 23 points in the first half, finishing with 28 points for the game. The stat line wasn’t the most impressive part of his night, however.

The game was tied 66-66 with three seconds left on the clock. Leal inbounded the ball on the right side of the court just past the halfcourt line. His teammate sealed his man just a few feet in front of Leal and received the inbounds pass. Leal darted behind the seal to receive a handoff and was swarmed by two defenders desperately trying to cover the lethal shooter.

One dribble to the left and a little step in gave Anthony Leal all the space he needed, as he pulled up from behind the arc with confidence and nailed the game-winning shot with no time left on the clock. He trotted back to halfcourt, gaze fixed on the rim, fist clenched and poised to celebrate the swish of the net. He knew it was good the moment it left his hand.

Bloomington South is now 18-0, the only remaining undefeated team in Class 4A. Indiana fans should be salivating at the shooting ability and confident mentality of Anthony Leal in this game.

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They’ll have to wait another year to see Leal in action, but if this game was any indication, he’ll make a name for himself in Assembly Hall.

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