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Montverde Academy def. Norcross High School, 88-56

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WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2019 -- Montverde, who is the reigning national champion, has been dominant in its previous CRC appearances and Friday evening was no different as Coach Kevin Boyle’s team proved to be the big bully on the block yet again.

The game was tied on two occasions in the early going and Isaac Martin’s three-pointer cut Montverde’s lead to 14-13, but Norcross would never get any closer. Harlond Beverly, the game’s MVP, finished the quarter with a bonus ball and dunk giving MVA a six-point lead after one.

The Eagles out pointed the Georgia-based school 28-9 in the 2nd period and after big time freshman Dariq Whitehead scored on a fast break Kevin Boyle’s team took a commanding 47-22 lead into the locker room. MVA, who wouldn’t never be challenged, cruised to an (88-56) victory setting up Saturday’s rematch and showdown with USA Today’s No. 1 La Lumiere.

Beverly, who came off the bench, dominated the decisive 2nd quarter with 12 points including two three-pointers and Precious Achiuwa, who is being recruited by some of the nation’s best, backed Beverly’s showing with eight points of his own.

After Achiuwa, who was cooking to start the 3rd quarter, scored MVA’s first 11 points, Whitehead followed with six points including a dunk and the Eagles held their biggest lead at (66-32).

Achiuwa scored 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Beverly added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Whitehead finished with 12. One of the nation’s top juniors, Cade Cunningham, contributed nine points, six assists, and five rebounds. Moses Moody also tallied nine points and dished out five assists.

Senior Kyle Sturdivant (USC signee) led Norcross with 16 points, seven rebounds, and three helpers. Consensus Top 10 junior Brandon “BJ” Boston aided Sturdivant with 14 points, but was only 4-of-18 from the field.

MVA made 20 more field goals on the afternoon, out rebounded the Blue Devils by a like amount, and held its opponent to below 30 percent shooting.