GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

Photo: AP/Gregory Payan

GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

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GEICO Nationals: Breaking down the eight-team field

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Montverde Academy’s Harlond Beverly #10 in action against Holy Spirit during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Springfield, MA. (Photo: AP/Gregory Payan)

Montverde (Fla.) Academy
GEICO Seeding: 2
Super 25 Rank: 3

Key players: Precious Achiuwa, Cade Cunningham, Moses Moody, Harlond Beverly

Why they’ll win: The Eagles make you pay for turning the ball over and it’s been the reason they’ve been successful all season. Montverde averages 21 points a game off turnovers and only allow 45.5 points a game. Also, the Eagles are masterful at sharing the ball and average 17 assists a game. That’s hard to stop.

Why they may slip-up: The Eagles have a tendency to get a bit lax in their transition defense, which can be detrimental with talented teams that like to get out and run.

The bottom line: The Eagles have one of the biggest matchup problems at GEICO in Achiuwa (15 points), a 6-foot-9 forward who does it all. Still, they’ll have to defend in the paint with University School’s talented frontline of Vernon Carey Jr. and Scottie Barnes. Limiting second-chance points in this game could mean the difference between advancing and going home early.

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