Twin towers Bruno Fernando, who stands 6-foot-9, scored 21 points and his frontcourt made Simi Shittu, who also stands 6-9, added 21 points of his own to help No. 1 Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) escape against No. 6 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 74-71 Saturday at the Cancer Research Classic.
The Eagles bigs provided an unmatched presence in the paint that made all of the difference in the game. That led to them being named Co-MVP’s in the win.
It was the Stags second loss this week to a Top 5 team.
DeMatha fell to No. 5 Oak Hill Academy 82-66 in the Les Schwab Invitational championship game on Dec. 30.
Markelle Fultz, a Washington signee, led the Stags with 31 points.
The Eagles led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but, behind the hot hand of Fultz, who scored 16 points in the first half, the Stags trailed by just six at the half.
DeMatha trailed by one with 16.7 seconds left, but the Stags couldn’t convert the go-ahead basket. Then, after the Eagles converted from the free-throw line, Fultz’s prayer sailed long.
D.J. Harvey added 17 points and five steals for the Stags in the loss.
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