SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Archbishop Carroll (Wayne, Pa.) showed it might deserve a spot in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings with a 77-66 upset of No. 18 Simeon (Chicago) at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic on Saturday.
UNLV-bound power forward Derrick Jones led Carroll with 31 points, 15 rebounds (including nine on offense) and three blocks. Many of his points came off his own or teammates’ missed shots. As a team, Carroll had 41 rebounds to 32 for the Wolverines (15-2).
“It was wild,” Simeon coach Robert Smith said. “We’re so used to Edward Morrow being able to clean up the glass for us. They did a great job. They had 18 offensive rebounds. This is probably the first team that we’ve played who has out-rebounded us and we played Bishop Gorman and they didn’t out-rebound us with two 7-footers.”
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Carroll is 10-4, but all of its losses have come against teams that have spent time in the Super 25 this season (Oak Ridge, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Roman Catholic and Sierra Canyon). Three of the Patriots’ wins have been against Super 25 teams (Callaway, La Lumiere and now, Simeon).
Saturday, it was more than the Derrick Jones show. Four other Patriots scored in double figures and the team shot 50% from the floor and hit six of 12 three-pointers.
Simeon was led by Morrow with 16 points and eight rebounds.