2015-16 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

La Lumiere School def. Wheeler High School, 59-57

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2016 -- The 9th Annual CRC nightcap was another terrific contest that ended with some late game heroics. Junior big man Jeremiah Tilmon, one of the prospects in all the land, scored on a putback with four seconds to play in the game to give La Lumiere a (59-57) advantage. Wheeler’s next possession ended in a turnover and the No. 16 team in the country, according to MaxPreps, came away with the victory.

The 6-foot-9 Tilmon was a load for Wheeler to handle as he was able carve out space throughout the night and go to work inside/out. The East Saint Louis (MO) transplant, who owns offers from the likes of Kansas, North Carolina, and Illinois, earned MVP accolades as well.

La Lumiere, who features a roster full of Division 1 talent, got 17 points from versatile junior Brian Bowen. At 6-foot-7, and a high skill level with great length, which he showcased on Saturday night, Bowen is thought by many to be a heavy Michigan State lean.

Wheeler, who is coming off a three-game trip at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers (FL), showed why year-after-year it’s one of the best teams around the country. The Wildcats are never going to get out worked, toughed, or scrapped, which was a big reason the Atlanta-based team hung around against one of the nation’s best roster in La Lumiere.

Wheeler was led by Georgia Tech signee Romello White. The 6-foot-9 senior totaled 18 points and eight rebounds.

Stat of the Game:
Jeremiah Tilmon tallied 17 points, six rebounds, and three blocks.