Vetter Talks; Says NHSI Is a National Championship
Top-ranked Montrose Christian suffered its first loss of the season, 74-62 in double overtime to Oak Hill late Monday night, but Mustangs Coach Stu Vetter said his team's trip to the Iolani Classic in Honolulu was a success. Montrose nearly had the game won, but Oak Hill's Lamont Jones made a long three-pointer to tie the game at 56 and force a second overtime.
"Our kids played extremely well, it was just one of those things that came down to a last shot, similar to a couple years ago in D.C. but it went in the other direction," Vetter said, alluding to a 74-72 buzzer-beating victory over Oak Hill on March 4, 2006. "This was a tournament where we proved we are as good as anybody in the country. Oak Hill is 18-0. It can only make us a better team down the road."
Mouphtaou Yarou led Montrose (8-1) with 23 points, while Terrence Ross added 13 and Isaiah Armwood had 11.
Second-ranked DeMatha finished fifth after beating Whitney Young of Chicago, 73-66, as Josh Selby scored 24 points.
"This was one of the greatest tournaments that I've ever been involved with," Vetter said. "This was the 25th year [of the Iolani Classic] and I think they celebrated by having one of strongest fields ever."
Vetter, who previously would not comment on the National High School Invitational because it had not been publicly announced, also said that he believes the NHSI will be a national championship tournament.
"That's one of the reasons that teams will participate," Vetter said. "It's exciting, something people have been talking about for years. They started talking about it when USA Today started their poll in 1982. Many people have thought about it, researched it and decided not to do it. Now, somebody with enough clout and whatever in ESPN will do it. It will grow as years go by and many more teams will want to have the opportunity to participate. But it will be a national championship this year and it will grow as the years go by."
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