Paul VI Tops Montverde at the buzzer in OT upset at Bass Pro TOC!
Kevin Dorsey, a sophomore PG for Paul VI out of Virginia, hit his 2nd game winner in as a many nights as Paul VI upset undefeated Montverde Academy, 69-67, to take the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions title. Paul VI, who relies a great deal on sophomores Marcus Derrickson and Franklin Howard (each with over 20 points), took away a great deal of lustre for Montverde's match-up against Findlay Prep monday at the Hoop Hall. That match-up was supposed to be #1 vs. #2 in the nation with two undefeated teams, though Paul VI had other ideas.
At first I was weary of Derrickson, he does not have a classic basketball body to say the least. What he does have is the ability to make shots from all over the court, making tons of impressive shots down the stretch to bring Paul VI back in regulation. In OT, Dakari Johnson fouled out on a charge. Kasey Hill made a number of key buckets, with Franklin Howard matching that with some clutch tip-ins. Derrickson is technically a junior age wise and has to work on his body, just definitely has a grown mans game. Howard looks like a very high caliber SG prospect.
Paul VI also has a freshman who got some PT, Tyler Scanlon, who is a 6-5 wing getting some hype. Montverde definitely has a great deal of talent, will say that Dakari Johnson has really worked on his body and was a total beast on the glass. The interesting part was, Paul VI was without junior Quadree Smith, who is 6-8/290 and a crucial part of the team. He was injured in the previous game, a 52-50 win over the Hamilton bros/Tyler Dorsey's St. John Bosco.
Devin Williams was a monster and one could see flashes from D'Angelo Russell, though he did not score while I was watching the 2nd half. The score at half was 35-30, Montverde even led by as many as 9. I spotted Australian prodigy Ben Simmons on the bench I believe, guess he is already there though I do not believe he will play until next season. Paul VI has not exactly been consistent, they are 14-4 on the season, though they have beaten a couple of national powers in Oak Hill and now Montverde. Hoping that this might spark something in Montverde as they take on #1 Findlay Prep on Monday in what should be a great game.