Montverde Academy (47) vs. La Lumiere (55):
La Lumiere once again came out fast paced, but very out of rhythm. Brian Bowen struggled for the first half of the game. He was playing a bit too fast then he’s used to and therefor turned the ball over multiple times. During the second half he slowed down and hit some very smooth mid-range jumpers. Jeremiah Timon found himself in some foul trouble as well, but still finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist. It was Freshman point guard, Tyger Campbell who really put the team on his back up halftime. He was playing a very quick and aggressive game, therefor making fast drives to the basket. He was made out to be a target by the Montverde defense and he handled that extra pressure very well. The halftime score was 35-34 Montverde. When the second half started it seemed everyone on La Lumiere came to play. Texas commit James Banks had a much better day today ended with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Brian Bowen had himself a near double-double with 16 point, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Tyler Campbell finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Other guys who had notable performances were Brandon Cyrus, who had 5 points, 7 rebounds. Junior forward Kevin Zhang also shows great potential, with good size and tons of upside.
Montverde found themselves really battling more than they’re used to. Freshman guard RJ Barrett was off today, going 0-10 from the field. Bruno Fernando also seemed to be out of rhythm, he finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds. The team had a lot of great passing going on which led to Ohio State commit Micah Potter’s 11 points, 4 rebounds. But Montverde went 8-26 from the free throw line. Simi Shittu was having himself a good game, being active on the glass he pulled down 10 rebounds, adding in 6 points, 2 assist, 2 steals. Silvio De Sousa was definitely the shining start for Montverde today, he was excellent on the glass, grabbing rebounds, dunking the ball. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds. Montverde is no stranger to this tournament and therefor may have been thought to be a shoe-in for the championship game, but there 18-70 shooting was not going to get them the win on this day.
Oak Hill Academy (47) vs. Miller Grove (46):
It almost seemed as though Oak Hill had met their match. They came out strong to start the game. But during the second half Miller Grove crawled their way back into this game, but Oak Hill would not allow them to complete the second upset of the day. Right from the start Junior guards Matt Coleman and Lindell Wigginton were cutting to the basket full throttle. Their passing was what really stood out, they were unselfishly facilitating the team. Coleman had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, while Wigginton had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists. Braxton also had a tremendous game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assist, and not the mention the game winning block. Khadim Sy was also active on the glass, battle through to the rim he had 10 point, 7 rebounds. We’ll see if Oak Hill can finally knock all the rust off for the championship game against La Lumiere.
Miller Grove started this game very slow and didn’t seem to find their rhyme until the end of the second quarter. They overall are a smaller team and knew how to use that to their advantage. Guys like AUB football commit Raylon Richardson, Colin Young, and UConn commit Alterique Gilbert all had great games. Gilbert had 19 points, 2 rebounds, Richardson had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and Young added in 6 points, 3 rebounds. Not many have even heard of Miller Grove until this tournament and they definitely have made a national statement that they belong here. They won a state championship in Georgia this year, and now have shown the nation that they are in fact one of the top basketball programs in the country.