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Montverde Academy def. Wheeler High School, 74-46

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2014 -- It took two quarters, but powerful Montverde Academy (FL) proved why it's the No. 1 ranked team in the country dismantling a very good Wheeler (GA) team in Saturday's Cancer Research Classic.

The Eagles shook off a sluggish start, which saw the nation's best team trailing (11-9) after the 1st quarter, to defeat the Wildcats (74-46) thanks to a dominant 3rd quarter.

The Eagles, under head coach Kevin Boyle, are one of the best defensive teams in the country and Wheeler found out why on Saturday. Montverde forced 27 turnovers and used a (32-15) advantage in the 3rd to coast to another victory and remain unbeaten.

Leading by five points (22-17) heading into the 2nd half, Boyle's team slowly cooked a talented Wildcats bunch. The Eagles can hurt their opponent in a variety of ways and have a plethora of options on the offensive end.

Junior Ben Simmons, who is arguably the best player in his class and one of eight D1 commits for Montverde, showed his do-it-all skill set to the throng of onlookers. Simmons scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and added five steals and three blocks. The LSU commit earned the game's MVP award.

Ohio State signee D'Angelo Russell quietly led the Purple and Gold with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Russell added three assists and a like amount of steals. Virginia Tech signee Justin Bibbs, a Dayton native, added 12 points, and LSU signee Jalyn Patterson chipped in 10 points and five rebounds from his guard spot.

Jordan Caroline, a Southern Illinois signee, scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds, and provided a toughness edge for the Eagles. California signee Ahmaad Rorie chipped in seven points.

Wheeler's Jaylen Brown struggled from field (5-of-14), but still managed to garner 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. Brown, ranked No. 14 by ESPN, totaled 38 points and 18 rebounds for the weekend.

Mississippi State football commit Elijah Staley was productive once again scoring nine points and ripping down six boards. Daniel Giddens, ranked No. 36 by ESPN, was held to just two points and seven rebounds. Giddens is coming off a concussion.

Stat of the Game:
Montverde held Wheeler to just below 29 percent shooting and created 27 turnovers.