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Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2019 -- La Lumiere came to the Cancer Research Classic with its eyes set on a Saturday showdown with Montverde Academy.
But, before that game could take total focus, La Lu had some business to take care of in the form of Bishop Gorman, which is from Las Vegas.
La Lumiere wasted little time in sending Bishop Gorman a message. The Lakers jumped out to a 21-17 lead and increased it to 14 at halftime thanks to limiting Gorman to just seven points in the second quarter.
Gorman trimmed the lead to eight after three, but La Lumiere simply had too much down the stretch. Making a steady effort to get the ball to seniors Isaiah Stewart and Keion Brooks, La Lumiere wasn't going to be denied.
La Lumiere made a living at the foul line, knocking down 22-of-29 from the stripe. On the flip side, Gorman shot only 14 free throws.
Leading the steady stream to the line was Brooks, who meshed nine-of-12. All told, Brooks finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Stewart, meanwhile, was named the game's MVP after scoring 22 points and bringing down 12 rebounds.
Both players have impressive collegiate options. Many consider Stewart a Duke lean, while Brooks has offers from Indiana, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA.
Bishop Gorman was led by Will McClendon's 17 and Noah Taitz's 15. McClendon, who is just a sophomore, has offers already from Washington, UNLV and Pepperdine.
Taitz, meanwhile, is a junior with offers from Stanford, USC, Washington, DePaul and BYU.
La Lumiere was able to neutralize heralded junior Isaiah Cottrell, who is being recruited by West Virginia, Ohio State and numerous others. He scored just six points and only played 23 minutes.