ANDRE DRUMMOND LEADS ST. THOMAS MORE TO NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIP
by PAT STEVENS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – St. Thomas More (CT) won the fifth annual National Prep Championship tournament with Andre Drummond named MVP of the final, where they defeated Notre Dame Prep (MA) 90- 74.
Drummond (MVP) scored 19 points and matched up throughout with Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), who had nine points. Drummond’s assignment in his matchup was to keep him off the offensive glass and to run the floor with him. The two traded post ups on each other as well as dunk attempts that had the crowd packed with St. Thomas More students up in arms – almost like a mini-Madison Square Garden on Big East title night.
Drummond got off to a good start with a baseline jumper to get him going and managed to stay out of foul trouble. He had his share of highlights including a big one-hand dunk off a backdoor lob and a pair of shot blocks sent out of bounds in the second half.
Notre Dame Prep’s Todd Mayo had 27 points and Ricardo Ledo (2012) had 14.
Also for T-More, Damion Lee had 25 and Adam Jones (Fairfield) had 17.
Connecticut assistant coach Kevin Ollie made the drive for the championship game.
St. Thomas More (CT) 90 – Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 76
Notre Dame Prep (MA) 76 – Brewster Academy (NH) 71
Drummond had 14 points in the semi-final win and battled foul trouble that kept him sidelined most of the second half while his team stepped up and pulled away.
Notre Dame Prep’s Todd Mayo had 33 points and scored 12 straight to start the second half in a big lift for the team. Ricardo Ledo had 13 and late-game knocked down a key free throw after missing three straight just seconds earlier. Birch had three offensive rebounds that saved the game for Prep, including an and-one that he also converted at the free throw line.
Brewster Academy’s Markus Kennedy (Villanova) had 17 points and Mitch McGary (2012) had 12 as they both were dominant in the first half against a thin front-line but would soon face quick double-teams after halftime. Eli Carter had 13 and Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh) kept Brewster in it with two big-three pointers plus a drive to the hoop late in the game, eventually finishing with 12.