Boys’ basketball: Montrose Christian completes regular season

February 24, 2012

Fifth-ranked Montrose Christian completed its regular season with a 100-48 victory over Don Bosco on Thursday night, the 34th time in 36 seasons that Coach Stu Vetter has guided his team to at least 20 victories. Standout forward Justin Anderson, a Virginia recruit, scored 32 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career.

But not everybody is pleased that the Mustangs will not play again until a potential invitation to the National High School Invitational expected to be held at Georgetown Prep beginning March 30.

Montrose Christian (20-2) was scheduled to play in this weekend’s North-South Classic at Trinity University, but event organizer Eric Bowman said that Vetter told him Friday morning that the Mustangs would not participate.

Vetter confirmed that Montrose Christian had pulled out of its two scheduled games this weekend, but he and Bowman gave differing accounts of the reasons behind the decision.

Vetter said that he originally agreed to play games against St. Benedict’s of Newark, N.J., and Arlington Country Day of Jacksonville, Fla., and became hesitant when neither team was in the field. Vetter said that when Montrose Christian’s opponents changed again – to Our Savior New American of Centereach, N.Y., and Christian Faith Center of Creedmoor, N.C. – he decided not to play.

“There were too many changes, too many uncertainties,” Vetter said. “I wish him well in his event, but it’s not an event that Montrose is going to be a part of.”

Bowman, though, said that Vetter told him Friday that he did not want to participate in an event with Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, the subject of a Washington Post story earlier this week, detailing how its players attend a local Catholic school then form their own basketball team after school.

“Come on, Huntington has been in our event from Day One and you’re not playing Huntington,” Bowman said, adding that he moved the event from Charlotte to the Washington area to designate Montrose Christian as the host school. “They knew who Huntington Prep was. They weren’t created yesterday.”

Bowman also wondered whether Montrose Christian was withdrawing to maintain its record and not risk a possible loss with an NHSI bid at stake.

“A lot of teams start this time of year to think about losing and how it affects their ranking and them getting into the” NHSI, Bowman said.

Vetter declined to comment on Bowman’s assertions.

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