Miller Paces QEA

RALEIGH, N.C. - Its a rivalry that's been brewing since last season: Word of God against Quality Education. A showcase of high-major talent turned into a super game. A post-game altercation threatened to put a damper on a fiercely contested battle.

An outstanding game featuring a handful of quality players morphed into a theater of the bizarre in the 4th quarter. Visiting Quality Education defeated Word of God 71-69.

After an extended delay over fouls, Charles McKinney's miracle bankshot over his shoulder and back turned to the hoop, was the game winner for QEA. The shot set off a confrontation between coaches resulting in participants having to be restrained and the gym cleared.

An unfortunate ending and unsportsmanlike incident overshadowed a big time game. Players and coaches alike have one simple lesson to be learned from all this: shake hands and get to the lockeroom. There's nothing to be gained and much lost from incidents of this nature.

Onto the game, which was fiercely contested.

Junior power forward Quincy Miller was the most aggressive player in the first half and he went right at C.J. Leslie, eventually putting three fouls on the Word of God standout which ultimately caused him to miss most of the first half. Leslie didn't score until 4:32 left in the game and he ended with 7 points and 5 rebounds.

Though Miller can shoot 3s, this wasn't his night behind the line (1-for-7). Instead, he enjoyed success in the paint. Miller was an athletic problem for the Rams. Miller went 7-for-10 in the paint. His quick spins and explosive second opportunities were fueled by his agility and ability to finish. Even with athletes on the floor, Miller had it rolling. Before fouling out, he amassed 25 points and 8 rebounds as he played to his lofty ranking.

Word of God, with Leslie on the bench, was in the game because Bishop Daniels made his jump shot in the first half and Dezmine Wells was an athletic freight train going to the rim. Both scored 19 points. Daniels is settling into a shooting guard role.

Wells was a beast all night long. He was charged with handling the ball, scoring and playing the center in WOG's zone. Off the dribble – right or left – he attacked the rim with athleticism and power. Known for his ability to finish and be explosive, Wells' season has been defined by his versatility.

QEA point guard and Baylor commitment Stargell Love did not play. Love will get X-Rays this week on his foot which he may have broken in practice. …

Aaron Bowen, an unsigned senior swingman, stepped up and provided offense in the second half. … Juvonte Reddic looked good in limited action. He made his first perimeter shot but missed on the next three. He had 8 points and 3 boards. Like we've said before, the high-level mids will make him their guy and the bigger schools will keep evaluating; some will move forward with him. … Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 69. …

One area Leslie could stand to improve upon is his free throw shooting. In five games we've charted this season he's 17-for-31 from the line for 54%. He's too skilled a player to shoot that percentage. … Anthony Fields, a junior point guard, stepped up and knocked down a handful of key perimeter shots. ...

Head Coaches: Dino Gaudio, Wake Forest; Shaka Smart, VCU; Jim Les, Bradley; Mike DeMent, UNC-Greensboro.

Assistant Coaches: James Madison, North Carolina State, Maryland, Georgetown, Oral Roberts, FIU.


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