Mount Vernon won its opener easy, 75-37, Tuesday night at the Iolani Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Knights beat one of the local schools, Kaiser, allowing just 11 points in the first half. In fact, the Knights ended the first quarter on a 15-0 run.
Senior Devonte Banner led Mount Vernon with 19 points and five steals. He scored 12 in the first half and, along with the rest of the starters, played sparingly in the second half.
Senior Brandon Martin added 12 points. Mount St. Michael transfer Judah Alexander grabbed eight boards, all in the first half.
The next game won’t be so easy. Mount Vernon will play in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8:30 ET (3:30 Hawaii time) against White Station of Memphis, Tenn. White Station beat Fuxin (China) 61-46 despite trailing early in the third quarter.
White Station is the No. 7-ranked team in the country, according to USA Today. The Memphis city public school boasts the No. 41 and 42-ranked players in the Class of 2014, per ESPN. Senior Leron Black is a 6-foot-7 forward committed to Illinois. Senior Chris Chiozza is a 5-foot-11 point guard committed to Florida.