2016-17 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 7, 2017 -- There is a saying in sports that “sometimes their Johnnie’s were better than our Joe’s.” That was the case Saturday morning when talented Wheeler (GA) took apart a good Neumann-Goretti squad. Wheeler used its size and talent to defeat the Philadelphia-based Saints by a count of (82-56).
The game quickly got the feel that it could get ugly fast as uber-talented junior EJ Montgomery, an Auburn commitment, got off to a fast start scoring eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, while teammate and USC signee Jordan Usher added seven to give the Wildcats an 18-11 lead.
Montgomery was playing with fire and energy, which is never a good thing for Wheeler’s opponent. The 6-foot-10 lefty with ball skills scored 14 points in the half on 6-of-7 shooting allowing Wheeler to increase its lead to 39-19. Usher tallied seven more in the 2nd.
The Saints were getting drubbed on the scoreboard, but 6-foot-8 senior Dhamir Cosby Roundtree was doing work on the interior. The Villanova commit scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the 1st half. Kentucky signee Quade Green, who was coming off an injury suffered at the City of Palms, was 0-for-6 from the field in the opening half and was blanked in the box score.
N-G took the 3rd quarter as Cosby Roundtree continued to play well in the paint showing great activity. He scored eight points in the period.
6-foot-8 senior Jordan Tucker, who was held scoreless in the 1st half, got cooking in the 3rd chapter for the winners. Tucker, an Indiana lean, scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
The final frame once again belonged to the Wildcats as Montgomery, Tucker, and sophomore Isaac Martin produced 15 of their 24 points. Cosby Roundtree finished strong adding nine points in the quarter.
Montgomery finished the game with 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added six rebounds to earn MVP honors. Tucker chipped in 16 points, all of which came in the 2nd half. Usher, on the other hand, scored 14 points, all coming in the 1st half. The two combined for 13 rebounds. Martin added 11 points and Louisville signee Darius Perry scored six points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Perry was just 3-of-13 from the field.
Cosby Roundtree scored a game-high 27 points and ripped down a game-high 10 boards. Green finished with six points, six rebounds, and five assists, but was just 3-of-13 from the floor.
Wheeler committed just eight turnovers for the game.
Stat of the Game:
Wheeler shot 57 percent from the field compared to just 38.7 percent for Neumann-Goretti.