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No. 1 Montverde wins GEICO for a record fourth national title - Mar 31, 2018

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R.J. Barrett Jr. (6'7''-SF-00) has pretty much swept all the Player of the Year trophies this season, but there was one thing missing from his resume until Saturday - a GEICO High School Nationals championship. Barnnett had 25 points and 15 rebounds and Mike Devoe had 21 points, including five crucial three-pointers, to lead No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) to a 76-58 defeat of then-No. 2 University (Fort Lauderdale). 'It's the cherry on top of everything that happened in my high school career and it means a lot,' Barrett said. 'I have a short attention span, my wife always busts me about it,' Montverde coach Kevin Boyle said. 'I can't take it for granted that we will be back. If we lose, it doesn't kill me that much. If we win, I'm satisfied but relieved. I feel I'm my most focused when I'm under a lot of pressure. I felt pressure that we had to win this year. We had the best player, the best shooter and a good mixture of guards and bigs.' Devoe made all of his second-half shots. 'This season was great,' Devoe said. 'We finished as national champions. It was great.' It was the fourth national title for Montverde (35-0) since the first High School Invitational was aired on ESPN in 2009, breaking the record of three titles the Eagles had shared with Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.). It was the first since the Eagles won three in a row from 2013-15, when Ben Simmons played for Montverde. 'We did a good job of spacing and moving the ball,' Boyle said. Another big player for the Eagles was Andrew Nembhard (6'4''-PG-00), who had 13 assists and eight points. 'Forget basketball, you can't have a better son than him,' Montverde coach Kevin Boyle said. 'He's going to be like C.J. McCollum in the NBA.' Scottie Barnes had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 2-ranked Sharks (36-2) while Vernon Carey (6'9''-C-01) had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Barnes is just a sophomore and Carey a freshman, so there's a good chance they will be back in the tournament next year. 'It really does motivate us to come back here and try to win it,' Barnes said. 'It's just a blessing to be in it. I don't back down from anybody. (Barrett) is a good player, but I'm not backing down from nobody.' Nembhard hit a layup just before the half to put the Eagles up 35-26 at the break. Barrett nearly had a double-double in the first two quarters with nine points and 10 rebounds. Barrett was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The rest of the team included Montverde's Andrew Nembhard, Carey and Barnes from University and Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) guard Steven Ashworth.
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