St. Raymond guard Terrence Rencher keyed a swarming defense on his way to collecting a double-double with 20 points and 11 steals as the New York City school won the inaugural Alaska Airlines Classic.
The Ravens of the Bronx turned to its defense in the second half, forcing a ton of turnovers and frustrating the Mount Carmel (CA) offense to claim a 75-68 victory before a crowd of 2,500 at West High.
Tournament MVP Shane Knight of Mount Carmel finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils, but the 6-foot-9 BYU commit was all but invisible in the second half.
He had just six points in the final 16 minutes as the Ravens outscored the San Diego team 35-26.
Bill Wooten added 17 points for Mount Carmel, which committed 27 turnovers.
The Ravens had trouble getting shots to fall in the first half and trailed 42-40 at halftime.
St. Raymond’s big men combined for 17 points in the second half, with 6-6 forward Lynwood McGrier scoring 10 and 6-6 center Orlando Antigua netting seven.
Antigua, who is headed to Pitt, finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals. McGrier had 14 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
The Ravens went to a shorter lineup in the second half behind the 1-2 punch of Emanuel Richardson (5-9) and Jamel Thompson (5-11), who were often on the court at the same time.
Mount Carmel, which scored 12 of its 13 field goals in the first half from underneath the basket, had trouble penetrating in the final 16 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils were able to get to the rim for buckets only three times. Knight, Wooten and 6-6 Geoff Blake spent most of their time passing the ball around the perimeter.