2007-08 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Don Clegg
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Dec. 15, 2007 -- Louisville early commit Lamont Jones poured in a game-high 27 points while Tyreke Evans added 22 points and 15 rebounds as American Christian downed Patterson School, 83-76, in the final game of the inaugural Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University. With Jones and Evans leading the way, Coach Anthony Bergeron's Eagles went ahead to stay midway through the first half of the battle between two of the nation's top prep basketball programs but had to fend off several Bulldog runs to prevail. Jones, a 6-0 junior guard, hit 5-of-11 shots from behind the 3-point arc and seemed to relish the game's up-tempo pace. He had a game-high 4 steals to balance his 4 turnovers. Evans struggled with his perimeter shot in the first half but dropped in a pair of 3s after intermission. Considered the nation's top uncommitted senior, he flashed a quiet but well-rounded game. The 6-7 wing passed up several shots in favor of passes to open teammates but also showed the ability to get to the rim and finish in heavy traffic. Evans and Jones were helped by a strong supporting cast. Jeremiah Kelly, a 6-1 post-grad point guard from Chicago who has signed to play at DePaul, added 10 points and 7 assists. Joshua Spivey, an uncommitted 6-0 senior point guard from The Bronx, impressed without scoring a point by notching 11 assists and 5 rebounds. Martez Walker, a 6-6 senior wing who recently decommited from Louisville, had a bit of an off night. He battled foul problems throughout and finished with 10 points.
Patterson School played without headliners Nate Miles, a Connecticut commit; Will Brown, a New Mexico commit; and Florida International commit Freddy Asprilla. According to published reports, Miles had been suspended from the team earlier in the week. Victor Ojeleye, a 6-5 post-grad small forward from Ottawa, Kan., did his best to keep the Bulldogs in the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds. American Christian built double-digit leads in each half but couldn't put the North Carolina squad away until the final 5 minutes of the 40-minute game. Patterson School trailed just 71-68 following a pair of Javon Deare free throws at 5:26 when the Eagles finally mounted a decisive run. Kelly got it started with a driving layup and Oscar Griffin, an impressive 6-4 junior wing, followed his example with back-to-back drives to the rack. Spivey's 10th assist, which came on a pretty feed down low to Walker, pushed the lead back into double-figures at 79-68 with 3:27 remaining and the Bulldogs had run out of time. Mathiang Muo, a 6-6 senior guard from Australia, backed Ojeleye for Patterson School with 16 points and 9 boards in a losing cause.