Mt. Carmel came into the Academy fresh off their 93-90 double overtime victory over Calvert Hall, ranked 5th in the area. Their counterpart, Woodlawn Warriors, have 4 losses with the average margin being 3 points. Private vs Public can always go either way, but today, Mt Carmel's talent was just too much for the Warriors.
Mt. Carmel got off to a great start in the first quarter, going on a 12-2 run in the first 4 minutes of the game. Freshman, Montez Mathis received a technical foul, which I thought was pointless, for hanging on the rim after dunking on a fast break. Mathis had a great game around the rim, converting 3 AND-1 fouls. He finished with 10 points.
Woodlawn manage to cut the lead down to 7 points in the 2nd quarter, thanks to star guard, Teron Owens. Owens started to get in the groove, hitting back-to-back with a minute left in the 2nd quarter. When he controlled the rock, the Warriors were better offensively because he created scoring opportunities for by driving and drawing the double team. Also when the Warriors switched to a full court press, Mt Carmel started to make some costly turnovers which helped them make it a 36-37 game with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
Mt. Carmel would then show their dominance in the 4th quarter. Before the third quarter ended, they closed it out on 11-2 run, creating a 38-48 lead with a couple defensive plays from Will Jenkins, who scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Senior point guard, Brian Jefferson, the MVP of the game, really impressed me with his point guard ability. He is great at penetrating the basket along with finding the open man while in action. He scored 12 points with at least 8 dimes to go with it. Mt. Carmel never let their lead go under 9 points in the second half