Baller or ballhog? How many shots is too many?

Chino Hills' Lamelo Ball, left, goes to the basket against De La Salle's Jordan Ratinho during the second half of the CIF boys' Open Division high school basketball championship game Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Chino Hills won 70-50. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

High school sophomore LaMelo Ball scored 92 points in a game on 61 shots. 

This is how!:

The story:

LaMelo Ball, the younger brother of the UCLA star freshman, scored 92 points on Tuesday night for Chino Hills (California) High School in a 146-123 win over Los Osos. LaMelo Ball was 37-for-61 from the field and made only seven 3-pointers. The five-star sophomore went 30-for-39 from 2-point range. LaMelo Ball scored 41 of his 92 points in the fourth quarter.


Made national news:

Opposing coach:

Los Osos coach Dave Smith called it “a joke,” according to the Los Angeles Times. According to the Times, Smith said Chino Hills players fouled on purpose to prevent his team from running out the clock and stopping Ball from scoring more. “That’s wrong,” Smith said, according to the newspaper. “It goes against everything CIF [California Interscholastic Federation] stands for. The Ball boys are very talented and great players, but it’s embarrassing to high school athletics. I’ve been coaching for 35 years, and we’ve turned high school athletics into individualism. “It’s amazing to watch a kid score that many points. But it’s tough to say that’s what CIF athletics is about.”

Not great basketball:

Talented family:

The Ball family’s middle brother, LiAngelo Ball, is sitting out the next couple of weeks for Chino Hills to rest for the playoffs, giving LaMelo more freedom in the offense. LiAngelo scored 72 points in a game earlier this season. Both LiAngelo, a senior, and LaMelo are committed to UCLA.

What do you think? Should a player at any level ever take 61 shots?

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