27 Jan 2018

2018 Montverde Invitational: AZ Shadow Mountain vs. LA Madison Prep

Shadow Mountain suffered its first loss of the season to Findley Prep last night but most likely will stay in the national top ten.  Madison Prep is playing without Georgetown signee Josh Leblanc as his foot is in a boot.

It took awhile for both teams to get going as after each team’s first three possessions there was no score.  Jaelen House of Shadow Mountain broke the ice with a three.  Madison’s Kobe Julien got them on the board with a mid-range jumper on their next possession.  At that point, Shadow Mountain erupted for a 7-0 run as Antonio Reeves hit a three, House put back a miss and Reeves hit two free throws.  With just under four minutes to go in the first, Shadow Mountain led 10-2.  Julien got Madison back on the board but Reeves converted a three point play for Mountain.  Jahein Spencer put in one of two free throws for Madison but a put back by Reeves made it a ten point game at 15-5.  Madison then got a three from Julien and a put back from Spencer to cut the deficit in half and after one quarter of play, Shadow Mountain was up 15-10.

Mountain scored the first three points of the second quarter before Jharon Whitfield hit a three to make the score 18-13.  Immanuel Allen knocked in a floater in the lane for Mountain but then the momentum shifted.  Madison took off on a 9-0 run as Spencer hit a mid-range jumper, Whitfield put back a miss, Julien made one of two free throws while both Jason Perry and Whitfield each hit a pair of free throws to give Madison Prep its first lead at 22-20 with just over two minutes left in the half.  Shemar Morrow tied the game with two free throws for Mountain.  Madison would close out the half outscoring Mountain 4-1 to take a 26-23 lead into the locker room.

Early in the third quarter, Madison Prep upped their lead to five at 33-28 after a bucket inside from Whitfield with six minutes left.  Now it was Shadow Mountain’s turn to go on a run.  They outscored Madison as Allen made a pair of foul shots, House scored on a drive, Reeves canned a mid-range jumper, Morrow hit two free throws and Reeves putback a miss.  Now with three minutes left in the third Mountain had momentum and the lead at 38-33.  Elijah Tate hit a three for Madison to get back within two but that would be the last points of the period for them.  Morrow got a dunk inside, Allen converted a three point play and Blackshear scored in transition to make the score 45-36 in favor of Shadow Mountain heading into the final period.

After a basket by each team to start the fourth, Madison got five straight points from Tyrese Walker to draw within four at 47-43 at the 5:27 mark.  Allen of Shadow Mountain got them back on track with a couple of free throws.  Shadow Mountain would grow the lead to nine at 57-48 with three minutes left to play.  Madison Prep made one last attempt to overtake Shadow Mountain, putting together a 7-1 run to get to within three at 58-55.  However, there now was only eighteen seconds left in the contest.  Fouling to get the ball back, House of Mountain made the first but missed the second.  Somehow, Madison was unable to secure the rebound and ended up putting Blackshear on the line for Shadow Mountain.  He made one of two but with only five seconds left, Madison Prep was unable to get a good look and Shadow Mountain held onto win by the score of 60-55.