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David Hill scores 30 points as St. John Neumann beats Montgomery in boys basketball, 93-55

David Hill scored 19 third-quarter points. Davion Hill scored 14 second-quarter points. Hanief Clay and Keon Burkholder also reached double figures and the reserves made a strong impact.

This is the dilemma that is guarding St. John Neumann.

David’s third-quarter outburst and 30-point performance stood out, but the spotlight shined on several Knights throughout the game and that is just the way the defending District 4 Class A champions like it.

David and Davion combined for 49 points, Clay looked good in his Neumann debut and the Knights went into overdrive during the final three quarters Saturday, defeating visiting Montgomery, 93-55.

“We have multiple guys on our team that are capable of having 20-plus point nights,” David Hill said following his 30-point, 6-rebound, 3-steal performance. “So it will be tough for a team to focus on one or two players this year and I love it.”

“The cool thing about our team is when we our next game it will probably be someone different. That’s a good problem to have,” first-year coach Jamie Spencer said. “It was fun to compete today. It’s a new coach, the third head coach in four years, we had no summer league, no team camp and had only one so I was nervous. I’m thankful and happy that we got a win and did a lot of good things.”

Montgomery (0-1) enjoyed a breakthrough season last year and made a six-win improvement. The Raiders showed why they could build off that success against Neumann, pulling within 16-14 early in the second quarter. Logan Almeida scored 19 points and made three steals while Maurice Walters added 10 points and Austin Kuhn produced six points and five rebounds. Had Montgomery not shot 4 of 16 at the foul line in the first half it would have been right there with Neumann at halftime instead of trailing, 42-28.

Montgomery scored the third-quarter’s first basket and pulled within 12, but David Hill took over from there. The senior guard and two-time all-starter heated up when he drained a pull-up jumper and a 3-pointer in succession. Then he was brilliant finishing around the basket, forcing turnovers and getting down the court in the blink of an eye.

Hill made 8 of 10 third-quarter shots and Neumann delivered the knockout punch, building a 71-42 lead.

“It felt great to be back on the court,” Hill said. “I struggled a little getting back into the flow of things in the first half and coming out of halftime my teammates and coaches picked me up and I was able to find my rhythm in the third quarter and it felt good to hit the shots I did.”

“He’s s talented. We have some really good basketball players but David is special. He’s a great shooter and his body control around the rim is unbelievable. It’s off the charts,” Spencer said. “He takes contact and is able to do whatever he needs to do in the air. He’s in control and there were some really cool moments where he made some great plays.”

So did a lot of his teammates.

Davion Hill picked up where he left off following his all-state freshman season, scoring 19 points, grabbing nine rebounds, making six steals and dealing four assists. Clay scored 11 points, made four steals and added three assists. Burkholder delivered 10 points and players like Naz Smith, JerVal Weeks-Shuler, Naseer Dymeck provided big lifts off the bench. Ditto for Kane Wright who drained three four-quarter 3-pointers and scored nine points. Essex Taylor added four rebounds off the bench.

Neumann scored at least 22 points in each of the last three quarters. It was a good opening act, especially considering the Knights, like all other teams, returned to practice just last Monday following a three-week stoppage.

“We were a little rusty, Montgomery did a nice job slowing things down, but our guys finally got the hang of it and picked up the intensity in the second and third quarters and did some good hings,” Spencer said. “We made some good adjustments at halftime and a lot of guys did a lot of good things.”

Almeida had an off-shooting night but the junior showed why he is one of the Mid-Penn’s premier players with his 19 points and by running the court well. He scored at least four points in each quarter and also pulled down four rebounds.

“Montgomery really scrapped and Logan can play with anyone,” Spencer said. “I’ve seen him grow through the years and he’s a really good basketball player.”

MONTGOMERY (55)

Noah Gearhart 2 2-4 7, Coltin Hans 0 2-2 2, Austin Kuhn 2 1-7 6, Maurice Walters 4 2-7 10, Logan Almeida 9 1-5 19, Gavin Moore 1 0-0 3, Rayne Parrish 1 0-0 2, Jacob Utter 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 8-25 55.

NEUMANN (93)

Hanief Clay 4 2-2 11, David Hill 13 3-6 30, Davion Hill 6 4-6 19, Keon Burkholder 5 0-3 10, Essex Taylor 0 1-2 1, Naseer Dymeck 2 0-0 5, Naz Smith 1 2-2 4, Kane Wright 3 0-0 9, Angelo Fernandez 1 0-0 2, Josiah Coleman 1 0-0 2. Totals 36 12-21 93.

Montgomery 9 19 16 11-55

Neumann 14 28 29 22-93

3-pointers: Montgomery 3 (Gearhart, Kuhn, Moore); Neumann 10 (Davion Hill 3, Wright 3, David Hill, Clay, Burkholder, Dymeck).

Records: Neumann 1-0, 1-0 Mid-Penn. Montgomery 0-1, 0-1.

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