SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Ben Simmons has been so good for so long that you think he’s having a subpar game and instead look at the box score to see he had 36 points on 62.5% shooting from the floor with nine rebounds.
Simmons’ efforts led No. 4 Montverde (Fla.) Academy (22-1) to a 76-57 defeat of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) Monday at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.
The 6-8 forward,, who is headed to LSU next year, did have seven turnovers, but even those were his trying to get teammates involved in the offense.
“He’s a special player, obviously,” Bishop Gorman coach Grant Rice said. “Our goal all week in practice was to limit him and obviously, that you that didn’t happen.”
It’s not as if the Gaels didn’t have any ammunition with two of the top bigs in the 2015 class on their roster with 7-foot Stephen Zimmerman and 6-11 Chase Jeter.
“It’s a team thing and we all have together as a team, figure this out and bounce back from this,” Jeter said.
Montverde coach Kevin Boyle said what separates Simmons from other bigs is his unselfishness.
“He tries to get his teammates involved, so he’s a big-time player that other guys want to play with,” Boyle said. “There are a lot of big-time players out there that no one wants to play with because all they do is shoot.”