Junior Billies run past Drew Central, show future
Save for the first quarter, Monticello and Drew Central played pretty evenly in the junior boys’ portion of the “Showdown In M-Town” Tuesday night at Monticello’s Dan Coston Field House.
That opening six minutes, though, propelled the Junior Billies to an easy 50-26 win over the Junior Pirates in the first game of the night, setting the stage for Monticello to retain the crosstown rivalry trophy.
The hosts exploded for nearly half their points in the first period in a 50-26 victory.
Monticello jumped all over DC and led 20-4 at the end of that frame.
“I thought, coming off Christmas vacation,” longtime Monticello boys’ head coach Wayne Sherrer praised, “we played well. We had a lot of energy and excitement in a rivalry game.”
Nick Smith’s 14 points and K.J. Burke’s 13 paced the Junior Billies, who held the usually high-scoring Junior Pirates to having only five players score. DC somewhat recovered from the first-quarter onslaught by doubling up Monticello in the second period but scored just 10 points after intermission.
“They are good—and tall,” Drew Central head boys’ basketball coach C.J. Watson said after the game, shaking his head. “We just didn’t have an answer for them.”
Tristan Butler led the Junior Pirates in scoring with eight points.
Both teams, as junior high teams generally do, missed opportunity after opportunity with shots that didn’t find their target, but Monticello’s depth and stature was the difference.
Nine Junior Billies found the scoring column.