2018-19 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2019 -- DeMatha has become a staple at the annual Cancer Research Classic.
And it doesn't matter the year, it seems like you can always expect a talented, well-coached and highly efficient team on the floor.
That was the case once again in 2019 when Mike Jones' team stepped on the floor at WesBanco Arena against Norcross, which is located in Georgia.
In one of the more entertaining and competitive games of the weekend, the Stags fought off several Norcross runs and attempted rallies to prevail, 70-67.
The game was played within basically a six-point window all evening. DeMatha trailed by one at the end of one, but surged ahead by three, 33-30, at the half.
The Hyattsville, MD school then stretched the lead to six after three and Norcross got within two during the fourth, but was never able to get the lead and shift the pressure back to DeMatha.
Both teams were highly efficient on the offensive end. DeMatha knocked down 54 percent of its shots on 29-of-54 accuracy. Norcross, meanwhile, was 25-of-56 from the field and seven-of-20 from behind the line.
DeMatha was led to victory by game MVP Justin Moore, who scored 29 points on an impressive 13-of-17 shooting. He also had five rebounds. Moore is signed to play at Villanova.
Hunter Dickinson, who is one of the nation's most highly recruited centers in the Class of 2020, finished with 10 points to back Moore's production. The 7-footer also had five rebounds. Carsten Kogelnik scored nine and Jahmir Young added eight.
Norcross remained close thanks to the scoring of USC signee Kyle Sturdivant. He went for 24 points and eight rebounds. He also handed out five assists.
Brandon Boston, who is drawing significant interest from Duke, Ohio State, Florida, Auburn and Alabama, finished with 20 points and six rebounds. Issa Muhammad added nine points.