2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2015 -- Montverde Academy wasted little time in dominating the contest on Friday, and did much of the same on Saturday night against a good Paul VI team. The Eagles used a staunch defense and one of the nation’s best players to do so.
Ben Simmons continued his elite play and started fast once again allowing the Eagles to jump out to a, 17-5, lead after the opening quarter. The Florida-based team never looked back in a, 72-50 victory, holding the Panthers under 30 percent shooting.
Simmons, a commitment to LSU, was as aggressive as we’ve ever seen him in his two games in Wheeling. He followed up his 26-point performance with a 28-point and 9-rebound effort against a much smaller Paul VI squad. Simmons was 11-of-18 from the field and 22-of-29 for the weekend.
Simmons continued to shine in the 2nd quarter tallying seven more points in the period helping his team to a 16-point halftime lead. Franklin Howard, a Syracuse signee, had eight points at half but was just 3-of-11 shooting. Talented junior VJ King added six for the Panthers.
It was Simmons again in the 3rd adding nine more to his point total and arguably the nation’s best freshman E.J. Montgomery chipped in with five counters.
The majority of the starters checked out in the final stanza allowing for all 18 Montverde players to enter the contest yet again.
Simmons was backed by Montgomery’s 12 points and 10 rebounds. Athletic senior Marquez Lechter-Ellis contributed seven points, but no other Eagle had more than four.
Montverde was just 10-of-22 from the line compared to a 20-of-27 showing for the Panthers.
King led Paul VI with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but some of those were in the closing moments. King also added seven rebounds and showed increased explosiveness. Howard finished with 15 points on 3-of-17 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Talented sophomore Aaron Thompson tallied nine points.
Stat of the Game:
The Eagles defense held Paul VI to just 14 field goals and 29 percent shooting.