2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2015 -- Flawless!
Well, nearly flawless, was the performance of the nation’s top player, Ben Simmons. The 6-foot-9 LSU signee had just one blemish on his resume, which was a turnover trying to throw a wild, errant lob pass to a teammate.
Other than that, Simmons was lights out scoring 26 points on 11-of-11 shooting including a 2-of-2 showing from distance and 2-of-2 from the line. The elite passing big man dished out six assists and snagged five rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.
Simmons’ performance along with a significant size advantage allowed powerful Montverde to grow a 38-point lead over Chicago Whitney Young, which eventually ended in a 100-79 route for one of the country’s best teams.
It was the kind of night Whitney Young would rather soon forget. The Dolphins watched Simmons explode for 13 points in the opening quarter and nine more in the 2nd and the lead was, 55-30, at the intermission thanks to a, 30-14, advantage in the 2nd chapter.
The Eagles first unit departed early in the 3rd quarter as Montverde proceeded to cap off another strong quarter securing a monstrous, 84-49, lead after 24 minutes of play.
Backing Simmons’ effort was Howard Washington with 10 points, Wake Forest signee Doral Moore with nine points and a quartet of boards, Marcel Ponitka with nine points, and Ifeanyi Umezurkie totaled nine points and four rebounds off the bench. Highly touted freshman E.J. Montgomery contributed five points, three rebounds, and two assists.
All wasn’t lost for the Dolphins as talented sophomore Lucas Williamson had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed five boards in the loss. Cole Rodby tallied 13, Vanderbilt signee Joseph Toye chipped in 12, and sophomore Willie Herenton notched 10.
Stat of the Game:
Montverde shot just over 67 percent from the field and out rebounded the Dolphins by a margin of 41-24.