Montverde wins City of Palms Clas­sic

FSU re­cruit Barnes’ dou­ble-dou­ble leads No. 1 Ea­gles over IMG Academy in fi­nal

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY - By Buddy Collings

Montverde Academy over­came an early deficit and de­feated an­other boys bas­ket­ball board­ing school pow­er­house, IMG Academy of Braden­ton, 63-55 to win the City of Palms Clas­sic in a fi­nal that drew a packed-house crowd of about 3,000 in Fort My­ers on Mon­day night.

FSU re­cruit Scot­tie Barnes led the way with 15 points, 12 re­bounds and 5 as­sists as the con­sen­sus na­tional No. 1 Ea­gles (10-0) won with stand­out senior point guard Cade Cun­ning­ham (Ok­la­homa State) miss­ing time due to foul trou­ble. Day’ron Sharpe, a 6-foot-10 North Carolina signee, added 15 points and 7 re­bounds in the vic­tory.

Cun­ning­ham missed time af­ter pick­ing up his third foul in the sec­ond quar­ter but con­trib­uted 7 points, 6 re­bounds and 4 as­sists.

The matchup fea­tured eight of the na­tion’s top 50 se­niors, two of the top 20 ju­niors and four of the top 25 sopho­mores, ac­cord­ing to the Fort My­ers News-Press.

IMG (7-2) beat Montverde in a Ge­ico Na­tional semi­fi­nal to end the Ea­gles’ 2018-19 sea­son and en­tered this sea­son rated No. 1 na­tion­ally in some cor­ners.

Montverde will play in an­other tour­na­ment, the John Wall In­vi­ta­tional, Fri­day through Mon­day, in Raleigh, N.C. Af­ter that, they will go to Memphis, Tenn., for an ARS Hoopfest event, Jan. 3-4; and then to New Jersey for the Metro Shore Clas­sic, Jan. 10-11.

The na­tional tour con­tin­ues with two games at the HoopHall Clas­sic in Springfiel­d, Mass. Montverde will play a re­match against IMG on Jan. 19, fol­lowed by a Jan. 20 re­match with McEach­ern (Ga.), a team the Ea­gles spanked 99-48 in a City of Palms semi­fi­nal.

The Ea­gles then will play their first and only home games of the New Year, Jan. 23-25, as host of the Montverde Academy In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment.

Oak Ridge up­date:

Oak Ridge (7-2), the No. 1 team in the Sen­tinel Su­per 16 area boys bas­ket­ball rank­ings, went 2-2 at the Tarka­nian Clas­sic in Las Ve­gas. The Pi­o­neers had wins against Mil­wau­kee Wash­ing­ton and Lib­erty of Ne­vada, wrapped around losses to tour­na­ment cham­pion Sierra Canyon (11-0) of Cal­i­for­nia 76-55 and to Desert Pines of Las Ve­gas 59-46.

Oak Ridge plays in the Sugar Bowl Clas­sic in New Or­leans, Jan. 2-4.

‘Noles at home: Semi­nole, the No. 2 team in the Su­per 16, im­proved to 8-0 with a 78-70 vic­tory over Fort Laud­erdale Strana­han in a sin­gu­lar City of Palms Clas­sic game. The Semi­noles are host­ing their own Semi­nole Hol­i­day Clas­sic, an eight-team tour­na­ment, Thurs­day through Satur­day.

Semi­nole will ac­tu­ally have two squads in the tour­na­ment — in­clud­ing a “B” team that will have JV play­ers and a few var­sity re­serves.

The field in­cludes Chat­tooga (8-3) of Ge­or­gia and six Florida teams aside from the Semi­nole.

Florida Prospects times six: The 48-team Florida Prospects Christmas Tour­na­ment for girls bas­ket­ball is ac­tu­ally six eight­team tour­na­ments all rolled into one huge week­end. Games will be played at four high schools: Lake High­land Prep, Dr. Phillips, Wekiva and Olympia on Thurs­day through Satur­day.

The Plat­inum Bracket is loaded. Host Lake High­land is 11-1 and will rep­re­sent Florida alongside Montverde Academy, Win­ter Haven, Pom­pano Beach Ely and Fort Laud­erdale Aquinas. St. Fran­cis Prep (6-0) of New York City is ranked No. 2 in its state. And Glynn Academy (11-2) of Ge­or­gia has 6-foot-1 major-col­lege prospect Zoe­sha Smith av­er­ag­ing 21.5 points and 11.9 re­bounds per game.

Florida Prospects is putting on a boys bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment at Dr. Phillips. That field in­cludes the host Pan­thers (8-3) and two stat­er­anked teams: Lees­burg (7-1) and

St. Peters­burg Lake­wood (6-1).

Bas­ket­ball bits

■ Bishop Moore’s Jim Clark Clas­sic this week has eight boys teams and eight girls squads. That in­cludes a Do­ral Academy team fea­tur­ing 27 point-per-game scorer Devin Carter, a 6-foot-4 senior who is the son of for­mer 13-year NBA guard An­thony Carter. His team won the Class 7A state ti­tle in 2017-18. The host Hor­nets are 3-7 against a sched­ule that has in­cluded eight ranked teams.

■ Area No. 6 Cen­tral Florida Chris­tian Academy im­proved to 8-1 with wins in Penn­syl­va­nia on Satur­day and Mon­day. The Ea­gles also got to play in the snow.

■ Mount Dora Chris­tian, which is 9-0 and one spot be­hind CFCA at No. 5 in the Class 2A state rank­ings, hosts its own Christmas tour­na­ment Fri­day and Satur­day.

■ No. 7 Win­der­mere Prep (9-1) hosts its Rock Hol­i­day Clas­sic this week­end. The Lak­ers were 9-0 be­fore los­ing 56-53 at Jack­sonville Prov­i­dence (9-1) on Satur­day.

■ No. 9 Ocoee (6-5), run­ner-up to Kis­sim­mee Osce­ola (10-2) at last week’s The City Beau­ti­ful In­vi­ta­tional, con­tin­ues its de­mand­ing sched­ule with a game against Tampa Hills­bor­ough on Fri­day and a date with Laud­erdale Lakes Boyd An­der­son on Satur­day at The Florida Get Down Show­case at St Fran­cis Catholic Academy of Gainesvill­e.

STEPHEN M. DOW­ELL/ORLANDO SEN­TINEL

Montverde Academy for­ward Scot­tie Barnes was named MVP of the pres­ti­gious City of Palms Clas­sic af­ter lead­ing the Ea­gles to the cham­pi­onship. Barnes was also the MVP of the tour­na­ment as a sopho­more when he played for Univer­sity School of Fort Laud­erdale.

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