CRC Roundup: No. 1 Montverde impressive at CRC
WHEELING — Montverde is the number one ranked high school basketball team in the United States.
It showed why Friday evening against Pennsylvania state power Archbishop Wood.
With a starting lineup consisting of players who are headed to Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Maryland and Georgia Tech, the Eagles unloaded on Wood to a tune of 89-45 in the third game of the quadruple header at the 11th annual Cancer Research Classic.
Leading the way for Montverde, which will be in action again today as the CRC wraps up at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Alma Grace McDonough Center, was the Class of 2018’s top-ranked player, R.J. Barrett, who has signed a letter of intent to Duke.
Barrett did a little bit of everything, including produce a couple of highlight reel dunks. All told, the future Blue Devil turned in 33 points, 11 rebounds and six assists en route to game’s MVP honors.
He was one of four double-figure scorers for the Eagles. Michael DeVoe, who is headed to Georgia Tech, added 13, while future Maryland Terrapin Mahki Mitchell and Florida signee Andrew Nembhard each had 12.
Andrew Funk, who is signed to Bucknell, led Archbishop Wood with 16 points.
Montverde, which never trailed in the game, outscored Wood, 52-18, in the middle two quarters.
Here’s a look at the other Friday games.
La Lumiere 61, Imhotep 51
Strong first and fourth quarters allowed No. 10 La Lumiere to pull away from No. 16 Imhotep for their 11th victory in 12 outings, 61-51.
Isaiah Stewart and Paxson Wojcik shared game’s MVP honors, scoring 21 and 14 points, respectively.
Wojcik shined in the first quarter, scoring eight of his points to help spark the Lakers. He connected on four-of-five shots from behind the 3-point arc.
In the second half, Stewart — a 6-9 junior — asserted himself in the second half. He knocked down 7-of-13 shots and displayed a bevy of moves on the low block.
Imhotep had three double-figure scorers. Donta Scott led the way with 13, while Dahmir Bishop had 12 and Bernard Lightsey added 11.
IMG 70, Orlando Christian 62
After watching Orlando Christian build a nine-point lead just three minutes into the second half, IMG, which is based in Bradenton, went to work.
The Ascenders, who are now 11-3 on the season, finished the period on a 16-6 run and owned a 49-48 lead entering the fourth where they continued to pull away.
IMG was able to take control thanks to the play of LSU-signee Darius Days and native Australian Josh Green. Days, who was limited to just a field goal in the first half, went for 11, including a stick-back dunk just before the buzzer, in the third.
IMG, which played without 7-3 center Chol Marial because of a foot injury and Silvio DeSousa, who has already enrolled at Kansas, was led by Green’s 21
Jahmius Ramsay, who finished with 22 points, was the game’s MVP. Days put forth an impressive double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Orlando Christian, with Wheeling native Tim Thomas on the bench as an assistant coach, featured North Carolina signee Nassir Little. He was impressive from the outset, scoring 35 points with an efficient 12-of-19 from the field.
Buffalo-bound point guard Ronaldo Segu also shined for Orlando Christian, scoring 15 points.
Findlay Prep 90, First Love Christian 75
Despite trailing for much of the game, the size, length and depth of Findlay Prep was too much for First Love Christian, which is based in Washington, Pa, in the nightcap.
Led by Oregon signee Bol Bol, who is the son of the late NBA player, Manute, the Pilots used a fourth quarter in which they outscored First Love, 29-17 to seize the victory.
Bol finished with 34 points en route to the game’s MVP accolade. Along with his scoring production, he also grabbed eight rebonds and blocked two shots.
Kyler Edwards, who is headed to Texas Tech, added 14 points for the winners. Arkansas signee Reggie Chaney netted 12.
Jason Eubank and Aneury Parra each scored 16 for First Love.