IMG Rolls

Dec 20, 2019

By: Todd Jenkins

IMG Rolls On In The City Of Palms 


The IMG Academy Ascenders took on Archbishop Stepinac Crusaders in the 2nd round of the 2019 City of Palms Classic Tournament in Fort Meyers FL.   IMG was set to defend their USA Today number 6 ranking against number 15 Stepinac. 


IMG took a commanding lead off the sharp shooting of senior Matthew Murrell.  However, the Crusaders battled back with a 4 point play followed by a long three by senior R.J. Davis.  The Crusader came back within 2 but ended the Qtr. down 8 with a score of 22 14.   In the 2nd Qtr. IMG continued to push the ball, scoring several baskets off fast breaks; IMG had 18 points off fast breaks in the 1st half.  However, turnovers by IMG kept the score within reach.  The Ascenders ended the half with a 43 to 32 lead, with Stepinac’s R.J. Davis leading all scorers with 12 points and IMG’s Jaden Springer leading his team with 10 points.  


The Ascender’s continued to utilize the fast break to drive a 15 point lead early in the 3rd Qtr., their biggest lead of the game.  However, Stepinac outscored IMG in the 3rd and ended the Qtr down nine with a score of 59 to 50.    The Ascender continued to expand the lead in the 4th Qtr. winning the game 80 to 67.  The Ascender’s Jaden Springer finished with 30, which led all scorers.  Jarace Walker finished with 13, and Matther Murrell finished with 12.  Stepinac was led by R.J. Davis with 20, Adrian Griffin Jr. with 20, and Luke Fizulich with 15.   IMG will move on to the 3rd round and face Washington DC’s Gongaza Saturday Dec. 21st at 7:00 pm.


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