Mustangs' Athleticism Prevails in Win


Spencer Barks, here going over Kevin Larsen, finished with 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.
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Tyler Hubbard helped Montrose early with five 3-point baskets in the first half.
Photo by: Ron Morris / GamedayMD.com

ROCKVILLE, MD - The Montrose Christian Mustangs (6-0) could've pounded the ball inside from the get-go against an undersized St. Albans (3-3) team Tuesday. But they decided to postpone the paint scoring and dial it up from the outside during the beginning of their 85-34 rout of the Bulldogs. Montrose knocked down 6 three-pointers in the opening 4:20 of play and took a commanding 22-3 lead early on.

The Mustangs continued the 3-point barrage, hitting 10 from behind the arc before going into the half with a 49-20 lead. Leading the way was senior guard Tyler Hubbard, who used his smooth stroke to serve up 5 treys of his own in the first half. Although Hubbard scored all 15 of his points in the first half, he set the tone for the Mustangs offense.

In the second half, Montrose slowed things down and got the ball inside to forwards Michael Carrera and Cedric Blossom. Mustangs coach Stu Vetter made sure everyone saw the court but demanded defensive intensity throughout the blowout win.

Senior guard and Villanova commit Tyrone Johnson was the Mustangs leading scorer on the night with 18 points including 4 threes of his own. The crowd didn't get to see a lot of what Johnson can do off the dribble but he showed some improved deep shooting.

The obvious vocal leader for the Mustangs is junior Justin Anderson. The 6'7'' small forward is rated as the 40th best prospect in the class of 2012 according to ESPNU and has all the tools to be a terrific player at the next level. Anderson scored 14 points and showed his versatility with 2 threes and a highlight reel finish on an alley-oop. But Anderson also picked up a couple charging fouls in the second half when he got out of control and sometimes was too passive in the offense by deferring to his teammates.

One guy that often doesn't get mentioned on this star-laden Montrose team is junior forward Michael Carrera. He is the "glue" of the team and was very scrappy and aggressive all night against St. Albans. Carrera scored 15 points and was unstoppable on the glass. He cleaned up a few misses with putbacks, got to the free throw line (where he was 5 for 6), and dove for loose balls. Standing at 6'6'', he may not be tall enough to play power forward at the Division I level, but his motor and relentless effort will earn him some looks.

St. Albans struggled with the length and athleticism of the Mustangs all night. The defensive pressure Montrose implemented, forced a lot of turnovers and hurried long distance shots. But the Bulldogs did find some success inside with their 6'8'' center Spencer Barks. Barks scored 16 points to lead all Bulldog scorers.

The other bright spot for St. Albans was Hakeem Harrison who made a couple nice floaters off the dribble and finished with 10 points.

St. Albans won't play again until after the holidays, when they travel to Sidwell Friends on January 4th. Montrose will head up to Villanova University to play in the Randy Foye Invitational on December 19th. They also will travel to Puerto Rico for a tournament on December 27th-30th