Two years ago as a freshman at Mount Carmel, Montez Mathis played a major role in helping the Cougars post the most successful basketball season in school history with more than 30 wins and appearances in both the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League championship games, as well as the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament.

Mathis spent last year at Oak Hill Academy before returning to the MIAA and BCL this winter as a junior at John Carroll to team the Patriots super star Immanuel Quickley. The thought of that pairing has local basketball junkies extremely excited, but unfortunately Quickley suffered an early season foot injury and may be sidelined until January.

Until then Mathis will try to keep the Patriots (4-1, 1-0 MIAA A) afloat in the A Conference and BCL and judging by his 31 point performance, Monday, in JC’s MIAA opener against Glenelg Country, which helped produce a 66-60 victory, he is up to the task.

Mathis dropped 10 points in the first quarter and was a match-up nightmare for the Dragons all night.

Nate Roberts and Nigel Haughton each scored 14 for the Patriots.

Jalen Gabbidon led Glenelg Country (3-2, 0-2 MIAA A) with 26 points, while Isaiah Burnett and Anthony Longpré combined for 21.