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Ryan Nembhard and Caleb Houstan lead Montverde to 2021 High School Championship

Canadians Ryan Nembhard and Caleb Houstan buried back-to-back clutch three-pointers to lead the Montverde Academy Eagles to the 2021 High School Championship.

Canadians Ryan Nembhard And Caleb Houstan Lead Montverde Academy Eagles To 2021 High School Championship
Canadians Ryan Nembhard And Caleb Houstan Lead Montverde Academy Eagles To 2021 High School Championship - Photo: Pete Wright

For the fifth time in nine years the Montverde Academy Eagles are Geico high school national basketball champions.

Led by dynamic Canadian duo of point-guard Ryan Nembhard and smooth shooting guard Caleb Houstan, the number one ranked Montverde Academy Eagles knocked-off Sunrise Christian Academy 62-52 to win the 2021 GEICO High School Basketball Nationals at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Houstan, a Michigan Wolverines commit finished with a game-high 17 points and pulled-down four rebounds on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-9 from three-pointers.

Elite playmaker and future Creighton Bluejays point guard, Ryan Nembhard capped off a tremendous season with game MVP honors — contributing with 12 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals on 4-of-5 field goals and a unblemished 3-for-3 from three-pointers.

The two Canadians connected on back-to-back late game three-pointers to put away Sunrise Christian after a 9-2 run cut Montverde’s 51-38 third-quarter lead to just six points with 4:23 remaining.

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Montverde Academy (24-1) has won the most GEICO Nationals titles in the event history, winning previously in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Canadians have had a strong tradition of hooping for the Eagles under the guidance of head coach Kevin Boyle — starting with Jamar Ergas in 2011. Chris Egi became the first Canadian to win a high school championship in the Boyle era as the Eagles claimed back-to-back titles in 2014.

Other Canadians to win a championship at Montverde, include Howard Washington (2015), RJ Barrett and Andrew Nembhard in 2018.

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