Montverde wins Beach Ball Classic championship despite St. John’s late comeback

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Freshman R.J. Barrett went for 16 points and 8 rebounds in the championship thriller. Courtesy: www.myrtlebeachonline.com

With 10:27 left in the second half of the 2015 Beach Ball Classic championship, St. John’s (DC) was down 43-25 and a championship seemed far-fetched. The Cadets stormed back as they went on 21-4 run to cut the lead to one. In the final seconds of the game, St. John’s guard Anthony Cowan missed a three pointer that would have given his team the lead and Montverde held on to win 52-48.

Overall it was a sloppy game for both teams. They didn’t play the way they were expected to play. Montverde committed 26 turnovers while St. John’s had 13 turnovers. Even though the Eagles committed so many turnovers, the Cadets still had a hard time finding momentum. St. John’s was 33% from the floor and 6-25 from behind the arc.

Maryland signee Anthony Cowan was not at his best after he scored 29 points in the semifinals game against Shadow Mountain. Cowan only scored 9 points and was 2-17 from the floor. Guard Jeff Dowtin scored his team first five points but he was quiet after that. He ended up scoring 11 points and was 4-11 from the floor.

When St. John’s scored 16 straight points in the second half to make it a one point game, Montverde was held scoreless. The Eagles didn’t score a single point until the final 37 seconds of the game. Senior forward Micah Potter had game highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman R.J Barrett had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore Silvio de Sousa didn’t score in the win. Montverde outscored St. John’s 28-22 in the paint and out rebounded the Cadets 30-13.

Montverde’s next game will be against another WCAC opponent as they face DeMatha Catholic High School on January 2nd.

Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is the founder of Inside The Locker Room and sports writer for the Ionian. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15. 

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About Ryan McFadden, @RMcFadden15 398 Articles
Founder of Inside The Locker Room and Sports Editor for the Ionian. I write about the Washington Nationals for Federal Baseball. Iona College class of 2019 and proud DeMatha alum. Follow me on Twitter @RMcFadden15.

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