By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 12, 2011; 11:18 PM
One night after losing for the first time this season, top-ranked Montrose Christian bounced back with a surprisingly easy 63-37 victory over Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev., in a meeting of nationally-ranked teams Saturday night in the Primetime Shootout in Union, N.J.
Senior guard Tyrone Johnson scored a game-high 25 points and had eight assists as the Mustangs (19-1) took an early double-digit lead and never looked back. Montrose Christian led 14-4 after the first quarter and 22-14 at halftime before pulling away in the third quarter.
"We stifled them defensively early and they had no answer," Mustangs Coach Stu Vetter said. "We played our sagging man-to-man [defense] and they couldn't penetrate it. We knew they were an extremely talented team and we executed our defensive scheme as well as we had all year."
Findlay Prep standout guard Myck Kabongo, a McDonald's all-American, did not score until the fourth quarter and finished with five points for the Pilots (24-2), whose only other loss this season was by two points to I.C. Norcom of Portsmouth, Va.
Junior forwards Michael Carrera and Cedric Blossom scored eight points apiece for Montrose Christian, and Carrera also had 10 rebounds. It was a stunning result, especially considering the Mustangs had lost to Linden, N.J., on Friday night.
"Unfortunately, we probably were looking [ahead] to Findlay Prep," Vetter said. Linden "was a good basketball team, but nothing compared to Findlay Prep."