A Florida team won and was a familiar face.
No. Montverde Academy, ranked 1, won its fourth GEICO High School Nationals championship in six years, surpassing the third NSU University school quarterly on his way to a 76-58 victory Saturday at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, Queens.
With his fourth win, Montverde beat Findlay Prep (Nev.) In the most championships in the 10 year history of the tournament, appearing in seven of the last nine tournaments, and ended the season 35-0.
Both teams had three players who scored in double figures in the final, which was televised by ESPN, and both teams collected 37 rebounds.
"We really emphasized that this would be our last game for our seniors, so we really wanted to leave everything on the floor." We continue to post that message in each game: one more game, one more game, "said the head coach of the University, Adrian Sosa. "It will definitely be our goal to return here next year."
The university (36-2), which won its The first FHSAA state championship in the history of the school earlier this month in class 5A, was led by second-year escort Scottie Barnes with 24 points and 10 rebounds, six in defensive glass. Junior forward Vernon Carey Jr. added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Drue Drinnon scored six.
Montverde was run by senior guard R.J. Barrett – the MVP of the tournament – with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Michael Devoe added 21 points and Filip Petrusev scored 15.
"We have a lot of maturity, the school is very structured and disciplined, with high standards outside of basketball, and I think it leads to structure and discipline in the court, "said Montverde head coach Kevin Boyle, who had a high praise for Carey Jr., although he was held by 12 points. "Vernon is going to play in the NBA."
Carey Jr. and Barnes joined Barrett on the team of all tournaments along with Montverde escort Andrew Nembhard and the Long Peak guard (Utah ) Steven Ashworth.
Sosa, now in his sixth year at the University, said he has been in talks with Montverde and that a series of two games, home-and-home can be included in the calendar for next season.