City of Palms Prep Basketball: Montverde bashes Long Beach Poly to get into finals

Monteverde's Devin Williams defends Long Beach Poly's Roschon Prince on day 4 of the City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot on Friday, Dec. 21. Scott Butherus/Staff

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Monteverde's Devin Williams defends Long Beach Poly's Roschon Prince on day 4 of the City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot on Friday, Dec. 21. Scott Butherus/Staff

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Montverde Academy, ESPN's No. 1 ranked team in the country, conquered No. 6 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, 76-51, in the semifinal of the City of Palms Classic on Friday night.

But Montverde coach Kevin Boyle isn't happy just to be in tonight's championship game against Highland (Utah)-Lone Peak, which is MaxPreps' No. 1 -ranked boys basketball team.

"It's a good accomplishment, but it's not enough if we don't come away with the championship," Boyle said.

The Eagles, from Orlando, landed in the title game by hitting 50 percent of their shots.

Long Beach Poly never led in the game.

Montverde's senior big men, Dakari Johnson and Devin Williams, led the Eagles in scoring with 17 apiece.

The 6-foot-10 Johnson, who is ESPN's No. 12-ranked prospect in the nation, also grabbed 17 rebounds and had seven blocked shots.

"That's just my demeanor," said Johnson, who has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse. "I just crash the boards all the time; I crash them hard. It's one of the strong points of my game."

Williams, who is a West Virginia recruit, converted on seven of his eight field goal attempts.

Johnson and Williams will match up against Lone Peak's senior center Eric Mika, who is a Brigham Young University recruit, in tonight's championship game, which is set to tip off at 9.

The 6-foot-10 Mika won the Edison National Bank Slam Dunk Championship on Friday, and he has made numerous highlight-reel dunks throughout the tournament.

Senior guard Kasey Hill, who is a Florida recruit, was also a key contributor for the Eagles with 10 points, five assists and one steal.

Long Beach Poly was never able to get into an offensive rhythm. The Jackrabbits converted on just 36 percent of their field goal attempts.

Roschon Prince led Long Beach Poly with 22 points.

Long Beach Poly senior forward Jordan Bell, who is an Oregon recruit, came away with 11 points in the game. The 6-foot-8-inch Bell had 4 blocks in the game, including a ground-shaking one against the Eagles’ Williams in the fourth quarter.

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