Covering High School Sports in America
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D'Angelo Russell has had a hand in winning two of high school basketball's biggest tournaments over the past eight months. In December, he helped Montverde Academy win the City of Palms Classic. Sunday, he led E1T1 to the EYBL crown at the Nike Peach Jam.

Florida-based Each 1 Teach 1 (E1T1) outlasted the CP3 All-Stars, sponsored by NBA star Chris Paul, 108-102 on Sunday to win the prestigious EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.

The Peach Jam is among the summer's top club tournaments, drawing nearly every big-name college coach each year.

The champs, who led 53-43 at the half, put five players in double figures by shooting 51.3 percent from the field (39-76) and had a slim 44-43 rebound advantage. They also made 18 of 21 free throws.

D'Angelo Russell, a 6-foot-4 senior Ohio State commitment from Montverde Academy, and 6-0 senior Joel Berry of Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) led the winners with 22 points apiece. Berry, a North Carolina verbal pledge, added eight assists for the Sunshine State squad.

Boubacar Moungoro, 6-7 forward attending IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) contributed 21 points and 6-8 junior Alex Owens of Oak Ridge (Orlando) grabbed 16 rebounds.

For the runner-up, 6-5 senior Theo Pinson of Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) took game honors with 23 points, making 16 of 18 free throws, and grabbing nine rebounds. Nate Mason, a 5-11 guard headed to Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.), added 21 points and seven assists. Gary Clark a 6-7, 215-pound senior from Clayton (N.C.), had 20 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

E1T1 is the fourth different champion in as many years in Nike's highly-competitive EYBL. Past winners include Team Takeover (2010), BABC (2011) and Oakland Soldiers (2012).