Montverde Academy (Fla.) is ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps. Northside Christian is ranked No. 12. The difference between the two teams Monday night was 23 points.
Montverde outscored Northside 24-13 in the fourth quarter to win 83-60 and take the Wild Wing Cafe High School Hoops Classic National Boys' Tournament championship at Ardrey Kell.
Despite the lopsided loss, the Knights gave the Charlotte crowd something to cheer for, like four blocks by 6-foot-5 senior Desean Murray and a powerful alley-oop dunk by senior Keyshawn Woods in the second half.
But the Eagles, with a lineup littered with Division I recruits, were too much for the Knights.
Louisiana State recruits Ben Simmons and Jalyn Patterson led Montverde with 16 points each. Senior Jordan Caroline added 13 and Virginia Tech recruit Justin Bibbs had 11.
Montverde had a size advantage, with 6-foot-8 Chris Egi coming off the bench and 6-foot-9 Simmons starting. The Eagles outscored Northside in the paint 48-22, outrebounded them 34-28 and blocked six shots.
Northside also struggled shooting the ball, hitting 32.8 percent of its shots in the game and just seven of its 24 three-point attempts. Montverde hit 66 percent of its shots and five of 10 three-pointers.
The Knights were led by UNC Charlotte recruit Keyshawn Woods and Presbyterian recruit Desean Murray with 12 points each. Demery, a Saint Joseph's signee, and Lysander Bracy had 10 points each.
Northside’s only lead of the game came in the first minute when Woods' layup gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.
Montverde then scored seven straight points and led by as many as 13 in the first period. The Eagles were up 18-7 after the first quarter.
The Knights fought their way back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 23-22. Woods hit two three-pointers early in the period to bring Northside within seven points of Montverde.
A Woods layup with 4:15 left in the half brought Northside within five and got the Charlotte crowd into the game.
But Montverde stayed calm in the crowd noise, with Bibbs hitting a jumper and a three-pointer to give the Eagles a 32-22 lead.
Montverde had a 40-30 lead at halftime.
The Eagles started to pull away in the third quarter, leading by as many as 15 in the period and taking a 59-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles put the game away early in the fourth with a 11-0 run to start the period. They led by as many as 25 points in the fourth.
By then, the once standing-room-only crowd had largely trickled out.
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