Panthers divide pair of tight games

Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

There were bright spots in the two games, as the Monticello boys basketball team played road games on back-to-back nights and split the contests.

The Panthers (6-1, 6-4) edged Springville 47-45 Jan. 4, and lost a non-conference game at Maquoketa 49-42 Jan. 5.

The Springville game was close throughout. Monticello held a one-point lead at halftime, 24-23. The Panthers opened up a 10-point lead early in the third quarter when Sawyer Herman made a pair of steals and fed Dallas Lumpa for lay-ups both times.

Springville battled back to within four points by the end of the period, 37-33. Monticello regained an eight-point led early in the fourth quarter, but again the Orioles came back, getting within three points with seven seconds to play.

A free throw by Herman with 5.5 seconds to play made it a four-point game and sealed the win, as Springville’s basket with two seconds left wasn’t enough.

Herman led the Panthers with 12 points, while Matt Holmes came off the bench to score 11. Herman also had nine steals and four assists in the game. Lumpa finished with nine points.

“I thought we played harder at Springville,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “Sawyer was a difference-maker on both ends of the floor, and I thought Matt Holmes played his best game of the year.”

One drawback for the Panthers was shooting just 6-for-19 from the free throw line.

“That kept us from getting more separation,” Lambert said.

At Maquoketa, the Panthers were behind for most of the game, but pulled to within one point, 43-42, with three minutes to play.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” Lambert said. “We had a hard time scoring. We were not getting enough shots, and not making enough of the ones we did get.”

A bright spot was the play of Daniel Pike, who scored 16 points.

“He played really hard, and had an outstanding game,” the coach said. “It was a tough road game against a tough non-conference opponent. There were some positives there.”

The Panthers hope for more positives this week as they play host to Maquoketa Valley Jan. 8 and play at Cascade Jan. 11.

Jan. 4

Monticello 12 12 13 10 - 47

Springville 12 11 10 12 – 45

MONTICELLO (47) – Sawyer Herman 4-11 1-4 12, Jarrett Easton 2-7 0-0 4, Tim Norton 1-6 1-5 3, Dallas Lumpa 4-11 1-2 9, Daniel Pike 2-2 0-0 4, Matt Holmes 4-7 2-6 11, Cody Jamison 0-2 1-2 1, Michael Melchert 1-2 0-0 3, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 6-19 47.

SPRINGVILLE (45) – Sam Scriver 1-2 0-0 2, Greg Pauly 4-8 3-4 11, Dan Fitzgerald 3-3 0-0 6, Elias Nissen 5-8 1-2 11, Jake Hulett 4-6 0-0 8, Brian Allsup 1-2 2-2 5, Drake Conrad 0-0 0-0 0, Kolton Markley 0-1 0-0 0, Jesse Robertson 1-1 0-1 2, Trevor Hulett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-31 6-9 45.

Three-pointers: Herman 3, Easton, Holmes; Allsup.

Rebounds: Springville 23, Monticello 21 (Herman 5, Jamison 4, Lumpa 4).

Total fouls: Springville 21, Monticello 16.

Jan. 5

Monticello 4 10 16 12 – 42

Maquoketa 7 12 19 11 – 49

MONTICELLO (42) – Sawyer Herman 1-4 0-0 3, Jarrett Easton 2-5 0-0 4, Tim Norton 1-3 2-2 4, Dallas Lumpa 2-7 2-2 6, Daniel Pike 7-9 2-2 16, Matt Holmes 2-9 1-2 6, Craig Welter 1-2 0-2 6, Michael Melchert 0-2 0-0 0, Cody Jamison 0-0 1-4 1. Totals 16-41 8-14 42.

MAQUOKETA (49) – Blaise Waller 3 6-7 13, Colton Fey 3 1-5 7, Trent Bollman 5 0-0 13, Jeb Miller 1 0-0 2, Cory Wirth 0 4-4 4, Josh Dietzel 0 0-0 0, Ben Strathman 0 0-0 0, Alex Gilmore 0 0-0 0, Spencer Bronson 3 4-6 10. Totals 15 15-22 49.

Three-pointers: Herman, Holmes; Bollman 3, Waller.

Total fouls: Monticello 20, Maquoketa 13.

PHOTO: Sawyer Herman of Monticello scores on a lay-up after making a steal in the Jan. 4 game at Springville. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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