Panthers pick up big road victory

Posted December 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm


By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Bouncing back from an early 10-0 deficit, and then making enough key plays in the final minute, enabled the Monticello High School boys basketball team to open the season with a 54-51 win at Alburnett Friday, Nov. 30.

The Panthers (1-0, 1-0) not only dug their way out of that early hole, they overcame 3-for-21 shooting from three-point range to come out on top.

“It was good to get out of there with a win when we shot like that,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “It was a great road win for our guys.”

Daniel Pike, in his first varsity game, scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Panthers in both categories.

“For taking a year off, he stepped back in and looked confident,” Lambert said. “He did a lot of things for us. He defended, rebounded and scored.”

Dallas Lumpa had 11 points and three assists, and Tim Norton had nine points and seven boards.

“He just plays so hard,” Lambert said of Lumpa. “And Timmy is a quiet leader who leads by example. He’s steady.”

Alburnett delighted its home crowd with the early 10-0 run.

“I thought our guys looked very nervous,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “But we weathered that early storm and settled down.”

By the end of the first quarter, the teams were tied 11-11. Monticello led 28-26 at halftime, and 39-36 after three quarters.

Alburnett made two free throws with 1:08 to play to take a 51-50 lead. Lumpa then banked a shot in from the right side to put the Panthers ahead 52-51 with 41 seconds left.

Jacob Black made a steal for the Panthers, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Pirates. After a Monticello foul, Alburnett missed a front end and Norton grabbed the rebound.

He was fouled with 1.8 seconds to play, and made both free throws – Norton was 7-for-8 from the line in this game.

Alburnett took one final shot from half court, which missed, and the Panthers had their victory.

“It was back and forth all game,” Lambert said. “It was a big road win for our guys. That’s always been one of the toughest places to play for us.”

Sawyer Herman had four assists and four steals, and Matt Holmes also had four assists.

The Panthers were scheduled for a three-game week, starting Dec. 4 at Edgewood-Colesburg, and continuing with a Dec. 7 home date with Central City and a Dec. 8 game at Anamosa.

Nov. 30

Monticello 11 17 11 15 – 54

Alburnett 11 15 10 15 – 51

MONTICELLO (54) – Sawyer Herman 2-11 0-1 5, Matt Holmes 1-10 0-0 4, Tim Norton 1-3 7-8 9, Dallas Lumpa 4-8 2-2 11, Daniel Pike 7-11 2-3 16, Jacob Black 2-4 0-0 4, Jarrett Easton 2-6 0-0 4, Craig Welter 1-2 0-1 2, Michael Melchert 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 20-55 11-16 54.

ALBURNETT (51) - Joey Freeland 5-7 2-3 13, Kolton Rose 1-6 3-4 6, Karsten Wright 4-8 1-1 10, Alec Philipp 3-10 1-5 8, Ky Dierks 4-9 3-4 11, Tim Sadler 1-1 1-2 3, Tanner Arnold 0-0 0-0 0, Ross Gardner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-41 11-19 51.

Three-pointers: Herman, Holmes, Lumpa; Freeland, Rose, Wright, Philipp.

Rebounds: Monticello 36 (Pike 8, Norton 7, Welter 6), Alburnett 27.

Total fouls: Alburnett 18, Monticello 17.