Clayton (NC) High, led by Columbia University signee Mack Montgomery, was the heavy underdoges in the 5:40 Glaxo game against Moeller, who features three D-1 signees in Bubba Walther (Akron), Andrew Brackman (NC State), and Josh Duncan (Xavier). However, the Comets came out inspired early and used their quickness advantage to take the 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Crusaders from Ohio, defending state champions, continued to struggle in the second period, thanks to several turnovers off errant passes and the inability to establish Duncan and Brackman in the post. Brackman ended the first half with 8 points (3-4 FG 2-2 FT) as Moeller was able to regain the lead 29-26 at the intermission.
In the third period, the Comets from Clayton began to show signs of fatigue, as Moeller continued to push the ball up the court in transition and after made baskets, with Walther leading the charge. The Akron-signee plays the game with a bit of flair, drawing several oohs and aahs from those in attendance on some nifty pass-and-dribble moves in the third quarter. However, Montgomery and Clayton ended the quarter on a mini-spurt and was able to enter the final period only down by 3, 41-38.
In the fourth Moeller's Walther started to establish himself on the offensive end, hitting a couple of mid-range jumpers and a nice back-door lay-up on a feed from Brackman. The Crusaders turned it up a notch defensively and Clayton faltered, as Moeller ends the opening round game with a flurry and picked up the victory, 59-43, outscoring the Comets by 13 in the final period.
Bubba Walther led Moeller with 17 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Andrew Brackman added 15 points (5-6 FG, 5-6 FT) and 5 rebounds. Clayton's Mack Montgomery finished with 16 points and 3 steals.
Andrew Brackman Evaluation: Brackman is a long, lean forward prospect who does a good job of playing within the game. He's solid fundamentally and has the ability to finish around the rim, a necessity for any 6'9 prospect. He has above-average form on his jumper and shoots it well from the free throw line. Andrew needs added strength for the next level but his skill-level will allow him to play early at NC State. Very good prospect who's efficient on both ends of the court and will strive in NC State's unique offensive system.
Moeller (OH) 59, Clayton 43
Moeller 14 15 12 18 - 59
Clayton 15 11 12 5 - 43
Moeller: Walther 17, Brackman 15, Duncan 11, Dierkens 7, Childress 7, Watt 2, Tramor, Gomez. Leaders - Rebounds: Duncan 6, Dierkens 6. Assists: Walther 7. Steals: Walther 4.
Clayton: Montgomery 16, Mangum 11, Alcius 7, Roland 7, Scarborough 2, Theet, Cotton, King, Smith. Leaders - Rebounds: Alcius 6. Assists: Roland 2, Mangum 2. Steals: Montgomery 3.