Monti racks up three more

Posted February 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

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BOYS BASKETBALL

By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Last week was a three-victory week for the Monticello High School boys basketball team, which avenged an earlier loss in one game, held on for a one-point victory in another, and cruised to the win in the third.

The biggest of those wins may have been the first one, as the Panthers traveled to North-Linn Jan. 29 and came away with a 50-42 victory.

The win gave Monticello (13-2, 14-5) sole possession of second place in the Tri-Rivers Conference, and it avenged an earlier, overtime loss to the Lynx.

“I think the kids felt like we let one slip away the first time, so they really wanted this game,” Monticello coach Tim Lambert said. “Mike (Hilmer, the North-Linn coach) is one of the best coaches in the league. They’re always prepared, and that’s a hard place to win.”

Sawyer Herman took over the game in the late first quarter and early second quarter. He scored 12 consecutive points on four, three-point shots, turning a 10-9 lead into 22-9.

Two of those came in the last two minutes of the first quarter, as the Panthers went to the bench with a 16-9 lead. Then he made two more early in the second period, and suddenly a close game was a 13-point margin.

The Lynx closed the gap slightly before halftime, but the teams went into the break with Monticello leading 26-17.

North-Linn made a run late in the third quarter, getting within 32-28, before Tim Norton lofted a left-handed shot in with about a second remaining. Monticello led 34-28 with one quarter to play.

Monticello’s lead fluctuated from two to seven points for most of the fourth quarter, but North-Linn couldn’t quite catch up. Michael Melchert was sent to the free throw line four times in the final 90 seconds of the game, and wound up making six of seven free throws to put away the win.

“They made enough plays and enough shots to hang on,” the coach said.

Herman finished with 19 points, going 5-for-5 from three-point range. It was a big game for Dallas Lumpa as well, as he shot 7-for-9 from the field and totaled 14 points.

“Lumpa has that mid-range game that not many kids have,” Lambert said. “He’s a tough matchup. He’s hard to guard.”

Norton led the team in rebounding with six. Herman made three assists and three steals.

There were some dramatic plays involved on Friday, as the Panthers edged Springville 41-40. Two of those happened in the last minute.

First, Matt Holmes drove the baseline and scored the eventual winning basket on a lay-up. Moments later, Sawyer Herman stole the ball from a Springville player, and as he was going out of bounds, threw the ball behind his back and off an Oriole leg, giving Monticello possession.

The Panthers were able to run the clock down before missing the front end of a one-and-one, but a baseline shot for Springville at the buzzer was no good, and Monticello came away with the win.

A key factor was the shooting of freshman Derek Manternach, who came off the bench in the second half and went 4-for-9 from three-point range to score 12 points to lead the team in scoring.

 ”For a freshman to come in and deliver like that says a lot about him,” Lambert said.

 It was also the second time in eight days that Holmes had scored the winning basket in a one-point game.

“It’s nice to see him step up in those situations,” the coach said.

Norton had eight rebounds and three steals. Herman had four assists and three steals.

Saturday’s non-conference home game against Tipton was less dramatic, as Herman’s 19-point first half, and 26-point total for the game, led to a 55-46 win for the Panthers.

“Sawyer really took the game over,” Lambert said.

Jarrett Easton scored 10 points. Holmes and Easton had three assists apiece. Herman had three steals.

Jan. 29

Monticello 16 10 8 16 - 50

North-Linn 9 8 11 14 – 42

NORTH-LINN (42) – Hunter Pflughaupt 4-14 8-9 16, Tyler Cherry 0-1 0-0 0, Jonathon Wolff 0-2 0-0 0, Cody Johnson 3-6 1-2 7, Korbi Burkey 5-7 0-0 12, Kyler Burkey 0-3 3-4 3, Andrew McEvoy 1-2 1-2 3, Nic Peiffer 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 13-35 14-19 42.

MONTICELLO (50) – Sawyer Herman 7-9 5-5 19, Matt Holmes 1-4 0-0 2, Tim Norton 2-5 1-1 5, Dallas Lumpa 7-9 0-0 14, Daniel Pike 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Melchert 0-2 6-7 6, Jarrett Easton 2-3 0-0 4, Matt Manternach 0-1 0-0 0, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-34 7-8 50.

Three-pointers: Herman 5; Ko. Burkey 2.

Rebounds: North-Linn 22, Monticello 17 (Norton 6, Easton 4).

Total fouls: Monticello 17, North-Linn 15.

Feb. 1

Springville 4 11 14 11- 40

Monticello 8 8 12 13 – 41

SPRINGVILLE (40) - Sam Scriver 1-3 1-2 3, Greg Pauly 1-4 2-2 4, Jesse Robertson 1-3 0-0 2, Elias Nissen 10-18 1-1 21, Jake Hulett 2-3 3-4 7, Kolton Markley 1-1 0-0 3, Drake Coonrod 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-32 7-9 40.

MONTICELLO (41) – Sawyer Herman 1-8 0-0 2, Matt Holmes 3-7 0-0 7, Tim Norton 1-3 2-4 4, Dallas Lumpa 4-7 0-0 8, Daniel Pike 1-6 0-0 2, Cody Jamison 0-2 2-2 2, Jarrett Easton 1-3 0-0 2, Derek Manternach 4-9 0-0 12, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-48 4-6 41.

Three-pointers: Markley; D. Manternach 4, Holmes.

Rebounds: Springville 29, Monticello 21 (Norton 8, Jamison 4).

Total fouls: Monticello 14, Springville 11.

Feb. 2

Tipton 10 8 6 12 – 36

Monticello 14 18 9 14 – 55

TIPTON (36) - Scott Pelzer 1 0-0 2, Tucker Ormsby 1 4-10 6, Brett Peningroth 0 0-0 0, Matt Pelzer 2 0-0 6, Trevor Conrad 3 0-0 8, Quentin Crock 0 0-0 0, Alex Wiley 1 0-3 2, Lucas Prokup 2 3-4 7, Lorenz Schimik 0 2-2 2, Kyle Fiala 0 0-0 0, Collin Schroeder 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-19 36.

MONTICELLO (55) – Sawyer Herman 10-14 1-2 26, Matt Holmes 3-5 1-1 7, Tim Norton 1-2 1-2 3, Dallas Lumpa 1-3 0-1 2, Daniel Pike 2-5 0-0 4, Cody Jamison 1-2 0-0 0, Jarrett Easton 4-8 2-3 10, Michael Melchert 0-0 1-2 1, Derek Manternach 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Manternach 0-1 0-0 0, Justin Dirks 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Iben 0-0 0-0 0, Craig Welter 0-0 0-0 0.

Three-pointers: M. Pelzer 2, Conrad 2, Huston; Herman 5.

Rebounds: Monticello 28 (Herman 5, Pike 5).

Total fouls: Tipton 16, Monticello 14.

PHOTO: Sawyer Herman lays one up and in during Monticello’s win at North-Linn Jan. 29. (Photo by Pete Temple)

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