Alburnett, Central City fall as Panthers stay in Tri-Rivers hunt

Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

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BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Monticello won both of its varsity boys basketball games last week by identical margins of 17. But the games were distinctly different.

In the first, a 47-30 home triumph over Alburnett Jan. 15, the Panthers were able to get the shots they wanted throughout the game.

In the second, the Friday, Jan. 18 game at Central City, Monticello struggled (and trailed) in the first half, and rallied out score the Wildcats 44-23 in the second half on the way to a 59-42 win.

Both were victories, however, and kept Monticello squarely in the hunt for the Tri-Rivers Conference title. The Panthers (9-2, 9-5) trail Cascade by two games and North-Linn by one with five conference games remaining, and will get another chance against both teams before the season is done.

The Panthers gradually pulled away in the Alburnett game.

“I thought we executed very well. We had wide-open shots throughout the game,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “We just didn’t make very many of them (18-for-51, or 35 percent).”

Tim Norton had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

“He was all over the floor,” Lambert said. “It seemed like he was half a step quicker to the ball than anyone else on the floor. He anticipates rebounds so well.”

Teammate Sawyer Herman also had 17 points, to go along with four steals. Jarrett Easton made three assists. Making two assists each were Cody Jamison, Michael Melchert, Matt Holmes, Herman and Norton.

“I liked how hard we played defensively,” the coach said.

The Panthers struggled, however, in the first half against Central City Friday, and the Wildcats led 19-15 at the break.

“We just weren’t playing hard, and when you’re not playing hard, it’s hard to be sharp,” Lambert said. “We got nothing in transition because defensively we weren’t intense.”

That changed quickly in the second half, as the Panthers charged out and scored 27 points to take a five-point lead. Then, Monticello outscored Central City 17-5 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

“We were more intense on both ends, but it all feeds off our defense,” Lambert said. “When you play harder on defense, you play better on offense.”

Much of that offense came off the bench, as Jarrett Easton scored 14 points and Cody Jamison added 10.

“They played us man(-to-man), when you play Jarrett in man, he’s a tough matchup,” Lambert said. “And I thought Cody Jamison had his best game of the year. He came off the bench and gave us some nice minutes in the post.”

Sawyer Herman had 14 points. The team shared rebounding duties, with Holmes and Easton grabbing six apiece, while Daniel Pike and Norton had five each.

Herman also had six steals and four assists to lead the team in both categories.

Monticello was slated to play host to East Buchanan Jan. 22, and will play at Starmont Jan. 25.

Jan. 15

Alburnett 12 7 7 4 – 30

Monticello 17 8 10 12 – 47

ALBURNETT (30) – Joey Freeland 2-4 2-2 6, Kolton Rose 1-1 0-0 2, Karsten Wright 1-3 0-2 2, Alec Philipp 4-14 4-5 14, Ky Dierks 2-9 0-0 4, Tim Sadler 1-2 0-0 2, A.J. Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-33 7-16 30.

MONTICELLO (47) – Sawyer Herman 6-15 3-6 17, Michael Melchert 1-6 0-0 2, Matt Holmes 2-5 0-0 6, Tim Norton 7-11 3-4 17, Daniel Pike 0-4 0-1 1, Jarrett Easton 1-5 0-0 2, Cody Jamison 1-4 0-0 2, Mtt Manternach 0-1 0-0 0, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 7-12 47.

Three-pointers: Philipp; Herman 2, Holmes 2.

Rebounds: Monticello 37 (Norton 17, Holmes 6), Alburnett 23.

Total fouls: Monticello 12, Alburnett 11.

Jan. 18

Monticello 8 7 27 17 – 59

Central City 9 10 18 5 – 42

MONTICELLO (59) – Sawyer Herman 6-13 1-3 14, Matt Holmes 2-5 2-2 6, Tim Norton 1-2 0-0 2, Dallas Lumpa 1-3 0-0 2, Daniel Pike 1-3 0-0 2, Cody Jamison 5-5 0-0 10, Jarett Easton 7-10 0-1 14, Michael Melchert 1-4 0-0 3, Craig Welter 1-4 4-5 6. Totals 25-49 7-11 59.

CENTRAL CITY (42) – David Mosher 3-8 1-3 7, Brandon Stevens 2-4 0-0 6, Chad Griggs 3-10 4-6 11, Skyler Matthias 4-6 0-3 10, Dylan Berg 3-5 2-2 8, Nick McCarry 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-34 7-14 42.

Three-pointers: Herman, Melchert; Stevens 2, Matthias 2, Griggs.

Rebounds: Monticello 33 (Holmes 6, Easton 6, Norton 5, Pike 5), Central City 20.

Total fouls: Monticello 14, Central City 14.

PHOTO: Sawyer Herman goes for a lay-up in Monticello’s Jan. 15 home win over Alburnett. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Rucker)

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