Panthers battle in 1-1 week

Posted February 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

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PHOTO: Cody Jamison of Monticello looks to pass around Cascade’s Devin Green (54) in the Jan. 28 game in Monticello. (Photo by Pete Temple)

BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Spencer Williams came off the bench to score 19 points as Monticello overcame some early foul trouble to score a 56-45 home win over Wilton Friday, Jan. 31.

The win helped offset a tough 63-58 home loss to Cascade three days earlier.

Williams shot 7-for-9 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line to pace the Panthers against Wilton.

“Cody (Jamison) and Garrett (Rieniets) got in some foul trouble early, so Spencer played the majority of the first half,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “Spencer did a nice job of working hard for position inside. The kids did a nice job of getting him the ball, and he finished.”

Even though Monticello jumped to a 15-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, and led 31-23 at halftime, coach Lambert said it wasn’t the team’s best performance.

“It felt like the game never had a flow to it,” he said. “We never got into a rhythm offensively, and we had some unforced turnovers.

“Spencer really bailed us out. Coming off the bench and scoring 19 points; that’s a huge lift.”

Sawyer Herman had 15 points. Monticello had a 50-21 rebounding advantage, led by Matt Manternach and Jamison with 10 apiece, Derek Manternach with nine and Williams with seven. Herman had six assists, and Jamison had five.

Earlier, Cascade held on to beat Monticello 63-58 Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Monticello, making six straight free throws in the final minute to seal an otherwise see-saw game.

It was the sixth loss of the season for the Panthers (8-5, 11-6), all by five points or fewer.

“They gave a great effort,” Lambert said. “Considering how many tough, close losses we’ve had, they keep giving 100 percent.

“It’s getting there. I’ve said it all year: I really like our team, and I think we’re going to be a really tough out in the post-season.”

The Panthers led 20-18 after one quarter, and Cascade came back with a 17-9 edge in the second period to take a 35-29 lead at the break.

Monticello then scored the first six points of the third quarter to tie the game. After Cascade regained a 38-35 edge, Herman scored seven straight points to close the quarter, including two free throws, a three-point basket and a lay-up, as the Panthers led 42-40 after three periods, winning the quarter by a 13-5 margin.

“Cascade had scored 35 in the first half, and that’s unacceptable,” Lambert said. “We went into a half-court trap, and I felt that really bothered Cascade. That helped speed the game up a lot, which was in our favor.”

After the Panthers took a 46-43 lead early in the fourth quarter, Cascade went on a 10-0 run, including three-point baskets by Haris Takes and Ries Rausch, to lead 53-46 with 3:50 to play.

Matt Manternach and Herman then combined to hit four straight free throws and cut the margin to three. A three-point play by Jamison pulled Monticello to within 55-53 with 1:34 to play, and the teams traded baskets one more time, with Cascade’s Devin Green scoring on a dunk and the Panthers answering on Herman’s wraparound pass to Jamison for a lay-up. With 43.5 seconds left, Cascade led 57-55.

Cascade then got its opportunities at the line, and made six straight foul shots to lead 63-55 with 8.4 seconds left, before Jamison sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to finish the scoring.

“They had struggled at the line,” Lambert said, “but their shooters are too good to do that very often.”

Herman totaled 20 points for the game, while Jamison had 14, Derek Manternach 11 and Matt Manternach eight. Matt Manternach also led the team in rebounds with nine. Herman had five assist and three steals.

Green led Cascade with 21 points.

“We really broke the film down with the kids,” Lambert said. “Every possession is important, and every mistake is magnified in a close game. We told them, ‘Don’t regret one possession.’ ”

Monticello had three games scheduled this week, including two makeup games. The Panthers were scheduled to play at Cascade Feb. 3, at home against Mid-Prairie Feb. 4, and at home against Bellevue Thursday, Feb. 6, with a 7:30 p.m. varsity starting time.

Jan. 28

Cascade 18 17 5 23 – 63

Monticello 20 9 13 16 – 58

CASCADE (63) – Mitchell Oberbroeckling 1-6 2-2 5, Haris Takes 6-9 2-2 17, Mitch Recker 2-3 0-1 5, Nolan Weber 0-0 2-2 2, Devin Green 9-13 3-4 21, Ries Rausch 6-9 2-2 17. Totals 22-43 11-13 63.

MONTICELLO (58) – Derek Manternach 4-6 1-1 11, Sawyer Herman 6-13 5-5 20, Cody Jamison 6-9 1-1 14, Matt Manternach 2-5 2-2 8, Garrett Rieniets 2-7 1-2 5, Spencer Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-40 10-11 58.

Three-pointers: Takes 3, Rausch 3, Oberbroeckling, Recker; Herman 3, D. Manternach 2, M. Manternach 2, Jamison.

Rebounds: Monticello 24 (M. Manternach 9, Rieniets 5), Cascade 14.

Total fouls: Cascade 14, Monticello 13.

Jan. 31

Wilton 6 17 12 10 – 45

Monticello 15 16 11 14 – 56

WILTON (45) – Zach Randolph 3-9 0-0 6, Tyler Hetzler 10-27 2-2 26, Caleb Kaufmann 2-8 0-0 4, Javin Drake 2-9 1-3 5, Tanner Poor 2-2 0-0 4, Jon Henessee 0-4 0-2 0, Troy Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 3-7 45.

MONTICELLO (56) – Derek Manternach 3-5 0-0 6, Sawyer Herman 4-16 7-11 15, Cody Jamison 1-4 3-4 5, Matt Manternach 1-7 3-4 5, Garrett Rieniets 3-3 0-0 6, Spencer Williams 7-9 5-7 19, Donovan Recker 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Dirks 0-0 0-0 0, DeArzae Fasnacht 0-0 0-2 0, Parker Kray 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Iben 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Newhard 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Webber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-44 18-28 56.

Three-pointers: Hetzler 4.

Rebounds: Monticello 50 (Jamison 10, M. Manternach 10, D. Manternach 9), Wilton 21.

Total fouls: Wilton 21, Monticello 13.

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