Challenge Series: Montrose Wins Big

DURHAM, N.C. – Montrose Christian forwards Linas Kleiza and Michael Freeman had big games against East Chapel Hill. Montrose opened play in the Challenge Series at Duke with a 69-45 throttling of the Tigers.

Kleiza, Freeman Pave The Way

There was no way Ray Hartsfield's East Chapel Hill team would be able to toe the line and take the best Montrose Christian had to offer and win the game. To spring the upset, they would have needed Montrose to help them along the way. Stu Vetter's bunch would do no such thing.

Senior Linas Kleiza, a serious McDonald's All-American candidate, was at the top of his game. Kleiza scored 16 points and had 14 boards. The Lithuanian again proved to be one of the toughest customers in the high school ranks. It's entirely conceivable that Kleiza played hard for 27 minutes and didn't break a sweat.

With Kleiza playing at a high level and sophomore Michael Freeman chipping in 18 points off the bench, Montrose rolled 69-45.

Freeman didn't start for Montrose, but the 6-8 sophomore might as well had. His game-high 18 points came in just 17 minutes of action. Freeman is a fine athletic and has a great build. He'll be a high-major player at the highest level and next year, this will be his team. Will he be ready? Well, if 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line is any indication, the torch should pass smoothly from Kleiza to Freeman at the start of the 2003 season.

East Chapel Hill guard DeMarcus Bowden led his team with 17 points.

NOTES – We believe Kleiza to be a strong Missouri lean at this time. … Montrose guard Rich Baker, a probabe D-II guard, had 7 assists. … Edwin Ofori Attah, a junior SG at Montrose, has a reputation for shooting the ball. Well, he wasn't connecting on Saturday, but we did like how he shared the ball and hit open teammates within their offense. He had 3 assists. … Vetter is 632-79 in 27 years of coaching high school basketball. … Former North Carolina Tar Heel Warren Martin is an assistant at East Chapel Hill. …

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