2018-19 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2019 -- What was billed as the premier game of the 2019 Cancer Research Classic didn't disappoint.
With droves of fans inside WesBanco Arena, the rematch between La Lumiere, which was ranked No. 1 in the country, against Montverde Academy, which was ranked No. 4, lived up to the hype.
A physical game throughout, La Lumiere -- for the second time in about three weeks -- defeated Montverde, which is coached by legendary prep mentor Kevin Boyle, 64-51.
The teams had previously met during the season in the semifinals of a tournament in Hawaii.
Both teams began their CRC stays with convincing victories during Friday night's action, which made the showdown in the Friendly City even more ballyhooed.
La Lumiere, which possessed better perimeter shooting, actually was in control throughout most of the game. It led, 12-10, after one and stretched that margin to 28-21 at the half.
However, the game was officially blown open in the third quarter. There was a spurt toward the end of the period when La Lumiere hit 3-pointers on three consecutive trips. All told, La Lumiere outscored Montverde, 23-11, in the third.
A huge story in the game was the difference in shooting percentages from behind the 3-point line. La Lumiere knocked in 11-of-21 from deep, while Montverde was just 2-of-15.
Though he only scored nine points, Wendell Green was named the game's MVP. He was a consumate floor general for La Lumiere. He also played solid defense.
Gerald Drumgoole, who is in his first season at La Lumiere, led the way in the scoring column with 21 points. Isaiah Stewart, who is one of the top uncommitted prospects for the Class of 2019, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Paxson Wojcik, whose father Doug was a standout at Wheeling Central and is now a coach at Michigan State, went for 12 points. Paxson is signed to play at Loyola of Chicago next season.
Montverde was led by Cade Cunningham, who scored 15 points and collected seven rebounds. Cunningham is being heavily recruited by the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, LSU and Oklahoma State.
Precious Achiuwa, who has a list of interested schools consisting of UConn, Florida State, Kansas, Memphis and St. John's, added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.