2016-17 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2017 -- In a game that lacked much flow, energy, or intensity uber-talented IMG Academy (FL) was able to outlast Westlake High School (GA) by the count of 65-58.
The game was sloppy throughout and featured a combined 41 turnovers and 26 fouls, and despite the energy level of the game, the Ascenders were able to outlast the Lions keeping the Bradenton-based school with just one loss on the year.
Florida signee Isaiah Stokes got the game going with a three ball and the nation’s top unsigned senior guard, Trevon Duval, added an inside bucket to get IMG off to a quick start. 6-foot-5 senior guard Keyontae Johnson would hit a three-pointer at the quarter’s buzzer to give the Ascenders a 16-10 advantage.
IMG would open up an 11-point lead in the 2nd quarter, but senior guard Daniel Lewis (5 points) and Auburn signee Chuma Okeke chipped in six points to close the gap to 31-28 at the break.
Duval’s seven points in the 3rd period, which featured a flyaway one-handed throwdown helped the Ascenders push their lead to 51-41.
Lewis (8 points) did his best along with talented 6-foot-3 sophomore Chase Hunter (7 points) to keep the Lions hanging around. Westlake got within two points at 52-50, but Duval hit a triple off a Stokes ball screen and the contest never got closer than five points after that.
Talented junior big man Emmitt Williams V obliterated the rim on multiple occasions in the 4th quarter, and Stokes sealed the win with a jump-stop, power move basket as the shot clock was winding down. Williams’ final emphatic two-handed dunk closed the encounter.
Duval, the game’s MVP, finished with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and handed out nine assists. Williams V contributed 19 points and seven boards.
Lewis finished with a game-high 23 points and Okeke chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 14 boards.
Stat of the Game:
IMG shot 51 percent from the field compared to just 35 percent for Westlake.