Holmes three-pointer completes Panther rally from 15 down

Posted January 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

No team likes to be 15 points behind, but it is nice to prove you can come back from that large a deficit.

Matt Holmes canned a three-point shot from the right corner with seven seconds remaining, completing a 51-50 comeback victory for the Monticello High School boys basketball team over Starmont Friday, Jan. 25 at Starmont.

It was one of two Tri-Rivers Conference victories last week for the Panthers (11-2, 11-5).

Monticello trailed for almost the entire game, thanks mostly to Starmont’s 20-7 second quarter advantage, which gave the Stars a 34-19 halftime lead.

“We tried to press, and we tried a zone, and they got through everything we played,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said.

Monticello gradually came back, pulling to within six points by the end of the third quarter.

“In the second half we switched to a half-court man (defense) to try to contain them, and we really did,” Lambert said. “We kept chipping away at the lead. The kids never seemed panicky.”

Starmont led 47-46 with less than two minutes to play, and a three-point shot that would have made it a four-point lead swirled in the rim and popped out.

Dallas Lumpa scored to give Monticello a 48-47 lead, and the Stars came back with a basket with 50 seconds left, and a free throw with 38 left, to lead 50-48.

When the Stars missed the front end of a one-and-one with 24 seconds left, it gave the Panthers one more chance. That was when Holmes drained the three-pointer to put the Panthers ahead 51-50 with seconds to go, and a last-second shot for the Stars fell short.

“It was a good road win,” Lambert said. “That’s always a tough place to play.”

Lumpa led the team in scoring with 14 points, and Sawyer Herman scored 11. Herman also made five steals. Daniel Pike had eight points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and blocked a shot.

Three days earlier, Monticello pulled away in the second half to trip East Buchanan 50-27 at MHS.

The Panthers outscored East Buchanan in each of the four quarters, and gained a 31-16 scoring edge in the second half.

“We had a hard time scoring consistently in the first half,” Lambert said, “but we played harder defensively. In the second half, it seemed like we just had a better rhythm offensively, scoring some easy baskets in transition, and finishing better around the basket.”

Fifteen Panthers saw action in the game, with 10 of those scoring points. Herman led the way with 15 points, Lumpa had 10, and Jarrett Easton came off the bench to score six.

“It was nice to see Lumpa get back in double figures after being sick and missing some time,” Lambert said. “And Sawyer really attacked the rim well. He’s getting more comfortable playing in the lane and taking some contact.”

Monticello also had 12 players contribute to its rebounding edge of 33-25, led by Holmes, Herman and Easton with five apiece. Herman made six steals, and Lumpa had three assists. Cody Jamison, Tim Norton and Pike each blocked a shot.

“It was a nice game to get our younger guys in and give them a taste of varsity,” Lambert said.

Three-game week

Monticello was scheduled to play three games this week: at North-Linn Jan. 29, at home against Springville Feb. 1, and at home against Tipton Feb. 2.

Jan. 22

E. Buchanan 4 7 8 8 – 27

Monticello 10 9 14 17 – 50

EAST BUCHANAN (20) – Grant Young 1-4 0-1 2, Wade Peck 3-5 1-2 7, Jordan Carpenter 1-7 6-6 9, Luke Passick 0-1 0-0 0, Nathan Creveling 2-6 1-4 5, Hunter Schulte 1-1 0-0 2, Jacob Schmitt 1-1 0-1 2, Josh Reeder 0-2 0-0 0, John Fawcett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 9-27 8-14 27.

MONTICELLO (57) – Sawyer Herman 7-15 1-2 15, Matt Holmes 2-7 0-0 4, Tim Norton 1-4 0-0 2, Dallas Lumpa 5-9 0-0 10, Daniel Pike 2-4 0-2 4, Jarrett Easton 3-7 0-0 6, Cody Jamison 1-2 1-2 3, Michael Melchert 0-7 0-0 0, Craig Welter 0-0 1-2 1, Derek Manternach 1-3 0-0 3, Matt Manternach 1-1 0-0 2, Justin Dirks 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Iben 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Newhard 0-0 0-0 0, Garrett Rieniets 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-59 3-8 50.

Three-pointers: Carpenter; D. Manternach.

Rebounds: Monticello 33 (Holmes 5, Herman 5, Easton 5), East Buchanan 25.

Total fouls: Monticello 16, East Buchanan 10.

Jan. 25

Monticello 12 7 19 13 – 51

Starmont 14 20 10 6 – 50

MONTICELLO (51) – Sawyer Herman 4-15 0-2 11, Matt Holmes 2-5 0-0 5, Tim Norton 3-6 0-2 6, Dallas Lumpa 7-12 0-0 14, Daniel Pike 3-5 2-4 8, Jarrett Easton 1-2 0-0 2, Craig Welter 1-2 0-0 2, Michael Melchert 0-0 0-0 0, Derek Manternach 1-2 0-0 3, Mason Newhard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 2-8 51.

STARMONT (50) – Jacob Butler 5-10 1-2 11, David Lowry 3-9 2-5 8, Elliot Moses 5-10 1-2 13, Taylor Kainz 3-5 2-3 8, Colton Janssen 4-7 0-1 9, Dan Franzen 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 20-42 7-15 50.

Three-pointers: Herman 3, Holmes, D. Manternach; Moses 2, Janssen.

Rebounds: Monticello 30 (Pike 6, Norton 5); Starmont 17.

Total fouls: Monticello 17, Starmont 12.

PHOTO: Dallas Lumpa of Monticello (right) makes his move against Nathan Creveling of East Buchanan Jan. 22 in Monticello. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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