CRC Roundup: No. 1 Montverde wins again
WHEELING — Montverde made it a perfect weekend in the 11th annual Cancer Research Classic Saturday afternoon.
And in the process exacted some revenge.
The nation’s number one ranked team, which features upwards of 14 future Division I players, was simply too much for La Lumiere inside a packed and hot Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
The meeting was a rematch of last season’s Dick’s National High School Tournament championship game, which La Lumiere won.
The Eagles, however, appear to be on a path back to the national tournament as they improved to 20-0 with a 77-55 victory.
The Eagles exerted their will early and often, assuming a 20-14 lead after one quarter. They doubled the margin at halftime and outscored La Lumiere, 18-15, in the third.
The Montverde backcourt was exceptional with Florida-bound Andrew Nembhard fueling the attack. He scored 16 points in the opening three quarters on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting and finished with 21 and was named the game’s MVP.
As one has come to expect, Duke signee R.J. Barrett was once again exceptional, flashing the entire arsenal. He had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
La Lumiere was paced by talented senior point guard Tyger Campbell. He went for 18 and passed out five assists. Charles Stewart and Isaiah Stewart each had 13 points.
Here’s a capsule look at the other CRC games from Saturday:
Findlay Prep 93, IMG 79
In arguably the most entertaining game of the weekend, Findlay Prep and IMG hooked up in a battle for more than three quarters for Findlay pulled away for the victory.
The end of the third quarter included a stretch just over 90 seconds in which the teams hit seven triples.
In the fourth, though, Findlay outcored IMG, 93-79.
Kyler Edwards led Findlay with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists en route to game MVP honors. Bol Bol — all 7-3 of him — scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted four shots.
Reggie Chaney scored 17.
IMG was paced by Jahmius Ramsey’s 29 points. He also had nine assists. Darius Days had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Webster Grove 75, Wheeler 62
Behind a CRC record, seven 3-pointers from game MVP Ray Adams, Webster Grove, a public school in suburban St. Louis, pulled away for a 75-62 victory against Wheeler from Georgia.
Adams finished with 23 points in the game. All seven of his field goals were treys. All told, he buried 7-of-9 shots from behind the arc.
R.J. Wright added 20 points for the winners, who outscored Wheeler, 45-30, in the middle two quarters.
Carte’Are Gordon, who is headed to St. Louis University, finished with 17 points.
Wheeler was led by E.J. Montgomery, who went for 31. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.