Montverde Academy nets Beach Ball Classic title

Montverde Academy out of Florida won their second Beach Ball Classic tournament title in front of a large crowd at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, defeating Long Island Lutheran 70-42.

The Eagles (18-0), led by head coach Kevin Boyle utilized their height advantage and speed to outpace the Crusaders (7-2) from Brookville, NY. Nationally ranked No. 1 RJ Barrett led all scorers with 27 points and was named the tournament MVP. Barrett also contributed 10 rebounds and 7 assists in the game.

Makhi Mitchell had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Filip Petrusev had 13 points for the Montverde Eagles, ranked Number 1 nationally, according to USA Today Super 25 computer rankings.

“It’s a great tournament and we’re excited to play here, and win. This is always a great experience for our kids and we’re excited to win,” Coach Boyle said.

The Crusaders cruised through Albany, Socastee and Dematha on the way to defending their 2015 title.

Following the championship game, Montverde’s Trevin Wade won the slam dunk contest.

Long Island Lutheran was led by Donatas Kupsas with 16 points, and Tyson Etienne with 12. LuHi paced their way through Myrtle Beach, Moeller and Cox Mill to face Montverde in the finals.

This was the first appearance in the Beach Ball for Long Island Lutheran.

In the 3rd place game, Dematha’s Justin Moore drove to the basket and layed the ball in with 1.6 seconds remaining to give the Stags a 64-63 victory over Cox Mill (NC) for the 3rd place trophy.

Dahmir Bishop connected on a deep 3-point basket as the final buzzer sounded to give Imhotep (PA) a 47-44 victory over Moeller (OH) and 5th Place of the 2017 Beach Ball Classic.

Photo: Michael Graves – Digital Magic Photo

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